Sunday, February 16, 2014
Not everyone fully appreciates the important role carnival plays in New Orleans' civic life, but these photographs offer graphic evidence of how the Krewe du Vieux, traditionally the first parade of Mardi Gras, pays tribute to this city's cultural and athletic accomplishments. Here Krewe du Vieux celebrates the NBA All Star Game, located a mere few miles away and on the same weekend, in what could only be described as a truly stand-up endorsement.
North Louisiana's Duck Dynasty reality show -- here rechristened "Dick Dynasty" --received a similarly spirited salute, while the locally produced, multi-Oscar nominated film, Beasts of the Southern Wild, was rechristened "Breasts of the Southern Wild," in a touching celebration of the eternal feminine. Fun for the whole family, Krewe du Vieux has long been praised for its evocation of both the spirit of the old Roman carnival and the satiric intimacy of the early New Orleans Mardi Gras, combining deft historicity with nonpareil populist appeal.
See more on desmog blog's Krewe du Vieux photographs by Julie Dermansky.