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Tonight: Mardi Gras Forum explores unusual Carnival celebrations around the city

Loyola press release - February 24, 2014

From the Jefferson City Buzzards’ “cockroach” flopping in the streets to the miniatures of ‘tit Rex’s tiny wagons, a 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. It is free and open to the public.

The event, hosted by Loyola Professor of Video Technology Jim Gabour, will showcase New Orleans’ 32 officially recognized neighborhoods and the many varied and unusual Carnival celebrations in the individual areas of the city. The presentation features rare archival photos and a colorful collection of both professional and YouTube footage of the festivities.

The audience will get a visual tour of seldom-seen Mardi Gras krewes including 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.

Loyola’s Mardi Gras Forum aims to share with both non-resident Loyola students and the community at large the depth of culture in New Orleans’ annual Carnival celebration and of the creative activity by the many various neighborhoods involved.

The forum will also be webcast live online at 5 p.m. CST Feb. 24.

For media interviews or high-resolution images, please contact Mikel Pak, Loyola’s associate director of public affairs.