Zulus: A Mardi Gras tradition

Zulu_parade_throws_2    Fat Tuesday is only a few hours away. So if you have a hankering for beads, and revelry, you should be on the road to New Orleans now.

    The wonderful thing about Mardi Gras is its rich traditions. It's not just a big excuse for a wild party, but it's an historic excuse for a wild party.

     Folks in the Crescent City have been parading for more than a century. One of the only-in-New-Orleans traditions is the Zulu parade. It's sponsored by an African American krewe and includes spirited bands and men throwing coconuts as favors.

     It might seem like an odd racially insensitive throwback, but this New York Times piece explains how the century old Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club fits into modern New Orleans. It's a fascinating story from perhaps our most complex city.

Even if you can't make it to a parade on Tuesday, at least kick up your heels a bit. After all as they say in the big easy, Laissez les bon temps roulez!

Photo via Flickr: Howieluvzus


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    Sounds as a fascinating tradition. I have never heart about it before!

    February 25, 2009 at 9:58 am
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