Sunday, October 12, 2008

book 'em Danno

after some hemming and hawing over the phone, we decide on the hotel booking and are settled into a fancy room at Renaissance Arts Hotel for Mardi Gras. On Tchoupitoulas Street at Canal, it seems to be on or just near the end of the parade route for the night parades of Lundi Gras.

something firm, determined. we WILL be walking in Mardi Gras!

parade routes & schedules for Carnival and Mardi Gras

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Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Societé de Sainte Anne

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One of Schindler's and Poché's most intriguing collaborations, however, is the Societé de Sainte Anne, a Carnival walking club, which they started in 1969 along with their friend Jon Newlin, a freelance writer whose work is published in The Times-Picayune and Ambush Magazine.

Ste. Anne, like so many of the precious ephemera of Mardi Gras, defies attempts to define it. As a walking club, the only requirement for membership is that you know about it. Every Mardi Gras morning, a large group of people, wearing the most over-the-top costumes imaginable (including the kitchen sink), arrives at someone's house somewhere in the Bywater. Soon the Storyville Stompers show up, and everyone follows the band through the Bywater into the French Quarter up Royal Street, gathering more costumers at various points along the way, until they come to Canal Street where they await the arrival of Rex.

In Ste. Anne, everyone costumes; there are no spectators, only participants. Without any stated doctrine or structure, the Ste. Anne parade, in its spontaneity and disorganization, resembles the old Creole cavalcades that sprawled through New Orleans' streets in the 1830s.

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