The Call Boy - Mardi Gras Black Indian Parade, New Orleans
Earth And Spirit
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The Black Indian Parade in New Orleans. (Also called Mardi Gras Indian Parade.) Its a colorful tradition that dates back to the days of Slavery. There is a structure & hierarchy to the tribes. They include the Chief, Flag Boy, Spy Boys, Second-liners, and so on. Here we see a Call Boy. It's a members whose responsibility it is to Call out to the Chief & warn him of the approach of another rival Tribe or the police. Because of these structures in the Tribe this Tradition went virtually unknown outside the poor, black communities in New Orleans until the 1970's.
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January 19th, 2021
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