I bet one of the first things that come to mind when you think about New Orleans is Mardi Gras and binge drinking and (hopefully) Jazz music / music in general. Crawfish and Cajun food and oysters and ghosts and vampires might also come in a close second.
Then there is the Voodoo…a spiritual practice that has been part of the blood running through Nawlin’s viens for centuries…as well as a hybrid Native American and African culture- brought to life through the Cultural tradition of the Mardi Gras Indian.
My wife and I took some time yesterday to visit the tiny-but-hard-working Backstreet Cultural Museum as well as the New Orleans Voodoo History to learn a little bit about the rich cultural history of this lively ghost town (and make our offerings to the Gods) 🙂
Both spaces allowed pictures so I thought I would give you fine curious folks the chance to read up on some of those traditions yourself.
Lets start with some Voodoo / Hoodoo:
Now here is some info on Mardi Gras Indians and a couple costume snapshots (note: most of these hand beaded costumes take at least one year to make- and some up to five…Not a disposable, one time use cheap grillz type of costume ):