The Spy Boy - Mardi Gras Black Indian Parade, New Orleans
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The Black Indian Parade in New Orleans. (Also called Mardi Gras Indian Parade.) It is a colorful tradition that dates back to the days of Slavery. And it is held only in the urban neighborhoods of New Orleans. There is a structure & hierarchy to the Tribes. They include the Chief, Flag Boy, Spy Boys, Call Boys, Second-liners, and so on. Here we see one of the Spy Boys. The are made up of the younger members of the Tribe. Their job is to scout ahead & signal back to the main body of the Tribe about strangers to the community, or police, or rival Tribes approaching. Because of these structures within the Tribe this Tradition went virtually unknown outside the poor, black communities in New Orleans until the late 1970's.
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February 13th, 2021
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