Most of you have seen photos of the "super krews" that parade uptown and the madness on Bourbon St. but I would like to show you what goes on in
another neighborhood. This area is called "The Marigny". It is situated just outside of the French Quarter on the down river side as we say here. This
area is populated with some of the most colorful residents in our city.
The parades uptown consist of the "krews' which are like private clubs that spend a lot of money to build mega floats and have big, but exclusive
parties. The people who go to see these parades are a mix of tourist and local family types that are purely spectators. They crowd the sidewalk and
scream like crazy people trying to get the attention of the float riders so they will throw them cheap plastic beads. A strange ritual.
The morning of "Fat Tuesday" I was due to photograph a behind-the-scenes look at a tribe of Mardi Gras Indians who were working on their suits. Maybe
I will do another thread about them later. After the shoot I was walking back to the French Quarter and this is what I saw, all these photos were
taken before 9:00 am.
Groups of friends get together and declare themselves a "krewe", they are mocking the super krews uptown. They dress up then slowly migrate to an area
we call Frenchmen st.
They give themselves names like "The Krewe of Kosmic Debris"
"The Krewe of Overnight Marignade"
and "The Krewe of No Krewe"
They move toward Frenchman St from every direction. Some of the costumes are crazy. ATSers will like this one.
Lots of great hats.
Eventually everyone ends up on Frenchmen St. and before you know it the Soul Train shows up. It's basically a
DJ booth on wheels.
Then the dancing starts.
You end up with a scene like this, remember this is all before 9:00 am. On the left side you can see someone rigged up a "mechanical bull". (I left
this one sort of big so you can see it better)
Sure some people were a little out of control, like this guy on the pole but the guy in the wheel chair talked him down.
In the end no one got shot, no fights, nothing broken, no one got hurt. We do this every year and you never hear about it much because there is never
any drama. Of course this guy was there so we all minded our manners.
edit on 17-2-2013 by tanda7 because: spelling