Potential rain postpones Mardi Gras Indian Super Sunday celebrations



Posted on March 14, 2014 at 10:23 PM

Updated Saturday, Mar 15 at 9:45 PM

Tania Dall / Eyewitness News
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NEW ORLEANS -- This weekend's rainy forecast is putting a damper on yet another Mardi Gras Indian tradition. Super Sunday is now postponed because, in this case, feathers and water just don't mix.

"You're up all night the previous night. You're like a little kid for Christmas. You wanna come out, but the rain deterred that," said Big Chief Tyrone Casby of the Mohawk Hunters.

Unrelenting rain kept Big Chief Casby indoors this past Mardi Gras for the first time since 1980.

"Rain means you're going to get wet. Rain means the hours of work you've put in are just going to be a waste because you won't see the beauty or the artistic work that the guys have done on their costumes," said Casby.

This weekend's weather forecast of thunderstorms is once again putting a damper on a New Orleans Mardi Gras Indian tradition. On Thursday, night a total of 30 big chiefs voted to postpone Super Sunday celebrations in Central City.

"The tribes have been ready, the musicians be ready. It's not only a parade; it's a festival and it's huge. The parades start right on this corner at Washington and Lasalle," said New Orleans Mardi Gras Indian Council Director Bertrand Butler. Even though tribes will have to wait another week for Super Sunday, Bertrand confirms the Indians will eventually mask for the community.

"They have the opportunity to come out and see the elaborate suits that they sew with needle and thread, and it takes them 365 days, sometimes longer, sometimes shorter," said Bertrand.

This delay hopefully will just require one more week of patience for Big Chief Casby and fellow Indians eager to show off their months of hard work.

"Cold and heat, we can kind of adjust to, but rain is something that's detrimental," said Casby.

Super Sunday is now scheduled for Mar. 23. Organizers say something new to look out for this year, the unveiling of the New Orleans Indian Walk of Fame near the corner of Washington Avenue and Lasalle Street in Central City.