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Urban Mardi Gras Masking Traditions Feb. 5

Posted: Jan 31, 2013 4:32 PM by Melissa Canone

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Mardi Gras celebrations differ throughout Louisiana--there's the much publicized New Orleans revelry, the family-friendly parades of Lafayette and surrounding areas, and the culturally entrenched courir of the prairie. In Lafayette's parades you can catch throws and dance to the school bands, as well as witness a long-standing but little recognized tradition of masking and Mardi Gras Indians.

Join us Tuesday, February 5 (we're a week early due to Mardi Gras) to learn more about Lafayette's Creole masking and parading traditions, hosted by Zydeco Mike of the Creole Headhunters. Members of several tribes will be on hand to share their experiences in creating costumes and marching to represent their neighborhoods.

For more information about the Lafayette Mardi Gras Indian tradition, visit or download this article on fieldwork conducted in the 1990s.

The Backyard Series is free and open to all ages. Food and drinks are available for purchase. The Backyard Series is hosted by CLS, with support from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, the Acadiana Center for the Arts and the Vermilionville Foundation. For more information click here or call (337) 482-1320.

Tuesday, February 5, from 6:30-8:30pm at the Vermilionville Performance Center, 300 Fisher Road, Lafayette, LA.


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