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Author Wade, Leslie A., author

Title Downtown Mardi Gras : new carnival practices in post-Katrina New Orleans / Leslie A. Wade, Robin Roberts, and Frank de Caro
Published Jackson : University Press of Mississippi, [2019]
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Description 1 online resource (ix, 238 pages)
Contents Introduction: downtown Mardi Gras -- The St. Joan Of Arc parade, gender, and pride of place -- Skeletons rising in Skinz n Bonez -- Size matters: 'tit Rex -- The Red Beans Krewe: an iconic dish and a new parade -- Chewbacchus and science-fiction carnival -- Reclaiming life and history: the Amazons Benevolent Society and the Black Storyville Baby Dolls -- Conclusion: exceptional performance, exceptional place
Summary "After Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans and the surrounding region in 2005, the city debated whether to press on with Mardi Gras or cancel the parades. Ultimately, they decided to proceed. New Orleans's recovery certainly has resulted from a complex of factors, but the city's unique cultural life--perhaps its greatest capital--has been instrumental in bringing the city back from the brink of extinction. Voicing a civic fervor, local writer Chris Rose spoke for the importance of Carnival when he argued to carry on with the celebration of Mardi Gras following Katrina: "We are still New Orleans. We are the soul of America. We embody the triumph of the human spirit. Hell, we ARE Mardi Gras." Since 2006, a number of new Mardi Gras practices have gained prominence. The new parade organizations or krewes, as they are called, interpret and revise the city's Carnival traditions but bring innovative practices to Mardi Gras. The history of each parade reveals the convergence of race, class, age, and gender dynamics in these new Carnival organizations. Downtown Mardi Gras: New Carnival Practices in Post-Katrina New Orleans examines six unique, offbeat, Downtown celebrations. Using ethnography, folklore, cultural, and performance studies, the authors analyze new Mardi Gras's connection to traditional Mardi Gras. The narrative of each krewe's development is fascinating and unique, illustrating participants' shared desire to contribute to New Orleans's rich and vibrant culture." -- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Description based on online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on August 07, 2019)
Subject Hurricane Katrina (2005)
Carnival -- Louisiana -- New Orleans -- History
Community life -- Louisiana -- New Orleans -- History -- 21st century
Hurricane Katrina, 2005 -- Social aspects -- Louisiana -- New Orleans
Community life.
Manners and customs.
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Folklore & Mythology
Social aspects.
New Orleans (La.) -- Social life and customs -- 21st century
Louisiana -- New Orleans.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
Author De Caro, F. A., 1943- author
Roberts, Robin, 1957- author
LC no. 2018061545
ISBN 1496823796 electronic book
149682380X electronic book
1496823826 electronic book
9781496823793 electronic book
9781496823809 electronic book
9781496823823 electronic book