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Mardi Gras Indians
Mon March 18, 2013
Photos From Super Sunday
The Sunday closest to St. Joseph's Day is Super Sunday in New Orleans — the second-most important day on the calendar for Mardi Gras Indians, behind Carnival morning itself.
Mardi Gras Indians are tribes of men who suit up to celebrate in a uniquely New Orleans style — an outgrowth of African, European and post-Civil War Louisiana traditions that allowed African-American men an outlet for expression during a time in which political and social pressures discouraged or outright outlawed such things. Even today, there are tensions between the New Orleans Police Department and Indian tribes, though relations between the two have become somewhat smoother in recent years.
Each Indian suit, from the feathers to the intricate beadwork, is hand-sewn, with men competing to be the "prettiest" when they step out on Mardi Gras morning.
WWNO was in Central City yesterday to enjoy Super Sunday, and brought back this photo gallery by Dionne Grayson.