MARDI GRAS by Robert Tallant


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The festive, flamboyant festival Mardi Gras, as it has been evolved traditionally, and as it takes place today- given full accounting. Its symbolic and historic origins; the influences and innovations the Creoles and Americans brought to bear; the clubs (closed affairs) and the balls they give; the carnival courts; costumes; various Kings, krewes and klans; Rex and King Zulu; the varied spectacles and changing customs through the years; and the actual processes of securing invitations to the balls, achieving the status of queenship or kingship, participation, and so on. A handbook on the Mardi Gras which does not want for coverage but lacks the communicative charm of Lyle Saxon or Harnett Kane on the fascinating New Orleans.

Pub Date: Jan. 8th, 1947
Publisher: Doubleday