Mardi Gras Indian suit appears at site of former Jefferson Davis statue in New Orleans

Mardi Gras Indian suit appears at site of former Jefferson Davis statue in New Orleans
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Canal Street commuters’ heads swiveled on Mardi Gras morning at the sight of a magnificent Mardi Gras Indian suit standing on the spot once occupied by a bronze statue dedicated to Jefferson Davis, the leader of the Confederacy.

The feathered and beaded suit, which is encased in a protective plastic box, stands about nine feet tall.

Fat Tuesday morning, the climax of Carnival, is the traditional moment when Mardi Gras Indians, also referred to as Black Indian Maskers, emerge onto the streets to reveal their elaborate and laboriously-made suits. The unique custom combines African, Native American and other cultural influences. This year, the tradition was…



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