Treme - 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.) 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, like Treme, seen here. 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 resting up for a moment. And next to him his friend is a Second- Liner. They make the music for the Tribe. Because of these structures in 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 11th, 2021
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