(ThyBlackMan.com) Dark Skull & Bones Gang… Vibrant Mardi Gras Indians…Innovative Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs…Diverse Jazz Bearers…Artistic Second Line. What do these have to do with New Orleans parades? Plenty.
Outside the French Quarters and Bourbon Street, Backstreet Cultural Museum is located in the historic Tremè neighborhood. The two-room museum is packed with historical artifacts and memorabilia articulating the African American communities and cultures involved in the New Orleans parades. While walking around the rooms, you may get overloaded by the collection of photos, videos, and informative documents. The museum provides a guided tour with admission and an opportunity to explore on your own.
The museum’s docent storytelling reincarnates the local legends and their legacy in the neighborhood parades. In addition, visitors receive the history and detailed costumes worn by the Mardi Gras Indians and other parade participants.
A little fact, it takes a year to make the custom attire for the Mardi Gras Indians. The attire is worn for current year Mardi Gras parades and customized completely for next year parades. If Canal Street parades involving bead throwing is your only vision of a New Orleans parade, contact the museum for scheduled events to gain an in-depth local experience.
When traveling to New Orleans’s, stop by the Backstreet Cultural Museum for a different history of the city. ?
1116 Henriette Delille St?, ?New Orleans?; http://www.backstreetmuseum.org.
At the time of this writing, admission is $10 per person.
Staff Writer; LaToya McGee-Willis
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