Backstreet Cultural Museum keeps culture of Mardi Gras Indians alive

Backstreet Cultural Museum keeps culture of Mardi Gras Indians alive

Credit: Photo by Chad Bower / Eyewitness News

After a year of toiling away at the suits, the Indians show off their garb on special holidays: Fat Tuesday, St. Joseph’s Day, and one of the three Super Sundays. And they one wear them once a year.

"That's because the spirit is inside it," Robert said.

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by Chad Bower / Eyewitness News

wwltv.com

Posted on February 14, 2011 at 11:07 PM

Updated Thursday, Dec 5 at 1:01 AM

Looking to find out more about the history of the unique Mardi Gras Indian culture that we have in New Orleans, we went straight to the source: the Backstreet Cultural Museum in Treme. A small, cozy building on St. Claude, the museum gives visitors a look at the work and beautiful art that go into making the suits so pretty for second-line parades, jazz funerals and Mardi Gras.

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