Beyond the big ticket parades that draw thousands to the Uptown parade routes, a forum tonight (Monday, Feb. 24) at Loyola University will discuss the lesser-known, but just as distinctive celebrations around the city — some, like the Jefferson City Buzzards and Mardi Gras Indians, that date back more than a century, and others that are only a few years old.
For details, see the following announcement from the university:
From the Jefferson City Buzzards’ “cockroach” flopping in the streets to the miniatures of ‘tit Rex’s tiny wagons, a free and public forum Monday, Feb. 24 at Loyola University New Orleans will showcase the varied and unusual celebrations that make up New Orleans’ legendary Mardi Gras. “Where Am I?”—the College of Music & Fine Arts’ Third Annual Mardi Gras Forum—is set for 5 p.m. in the Louis J. Roussel Performance Hall on the university’s main campus.
The event will showcase New Orleans’ 32 officially recognized neighborhoods and the many varied and unusual Carnival celebrations in the individual areas of the city such as: the Jefferson City Buzzards and its distinctive revelers who imitate cockroaches, the Society of Saint Anne’s inspired costumed thousands, the miniature floats of ‘tit Rex’s tiny parade built on shoeboxes, the gigantic steam punk floats of Ragnarok, the frightening Skull & Bones gangs and the ecstatic beadwork of FiYiYi and other Mardi Gras Indians.