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Mardi Gras Indians (1993)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1993-04-09

Duration: 00:10:54

Subjects: MARDI GRAS | African Americans | MARDI GRAS INDIANS


  • Chapa, Arcie Host
  • Dollis, Bo Interviewee
  • Boudreaux, Monk Interviewee
  • Ray, J.C. Interviewee


This segment from the April 9, 1993, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Arcie Chapa’s profile of the Mardi Gras Indians, an African American tradition in New Orleans. Chapa reports that the New Orleans City Council recently adopted a resolution allowing the Mardi Gras Indians to freely use the streets on Mardi Gras following their complaints about police harassment. Chapa interviews: Bo Dollis, the Big Chief of the Wild Magnolias; Monk Boudreaux, the Big Chief of the Golden Eagles; and J.C. Ray, the owner of H&R Bar.