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New Orleans Carnival Krewes: The History, Spirit & Secrets of Mardi Gras

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New Orleans is practically synonymous with Mardi Gras. Both evoke the parades, the beads, the costumes, the food--the pomp and circumstance. The carnival krewes are the backbone of this Big Easy tradition. Every year, different krewes put on extravagant parties and celebrations to commemorate the beginning of the Lenten season. Historic krewes like Comus, Rex and Zulu that ...more
Paperback, 238 pages
Published February 11th 2014 by History Press (SC) (first published February 2nd 2014)
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Kathleen Spivack
May 24, 2014 Kathleen Spivack rated it it was amazing
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New Orleans Carnival Krews: The History. Spirit & Secrets of Mardi Gras.
by Rosary O’Neill.

This book is an absolute must for any reader, scholar, reveler, tourist, historian, admirer, expatriate, resident or non- resident lover of this city. O’Neill writes for the obsessed lovers, whether unrequited or fulfilled, of the real and the imagined New Orleans. "New Orleans Carnival Krews" describes social and political structure, past, present and future, and the history and mystery of the Carniv
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Maryann
Dec 31, 2015 Maryann rated it really liked it
I read everything about Mardi Gras and New Orleans that I can get my hands on, and there's a lot out there. This is specifically about the krewes of carnival and the role they've played historically, socially, and politically throughout the last two centuries. O'Neill even brings us the origin of masked balls, which started in Europe and were brought here by the French. The history of what most people think is just a big, drunken party is so much bigger and majestic and, sometimes, prejudiced ...more
Maria Roberts
May 29, 2016 Maria Roberts rated it really liked it
This book was different to what I was expecting. It is more than a book about Mardi Gras. It is a very detailed social history of New Orleans through the perspective of carnival krewes, which are the heart of Mardi Gras. The "old line" krewes are essentially historic social networks that signify one's place in society.

I was quite surprised by the seeming acceptance of racism in this book, but appreciated that it was mentioned because it gave a realistic view of how many people in New Orleans thi
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Christopher Grey
Mar 11, 2014 Christopher Grey rated it it was amazing
I picked this up for research on a novel I'm working on. My wife and I had our honeymoon in New Orleans, years before Katrina, and so I've always been fascinated with the city--even though I'm not a resident. That said, I had NO idea about the extensive history of Maris Gras and the krewes behind it. What an incredible journey into an exclusive subculture the rest of the country (or world) likely has no idea about. For lovers of history, revelry and the Big Easy--check this out.

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Kathy
Feb 14, 2015 Kathy rated it it was amazing
Being from New Orleans I found this book to be a wealth of information about the "High Society" of New Orleans and how it ties in with the old line carnival organizations. The city still has it's royality and ancestry is everything!
Bobby Blackwell
Oct 28, 2014 Bobby Blackwell rated it it was amazing
A great insight to the history and workings of the town.
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