NEW ORLEANS — You won’t find Mardi Gras’ best outfits in the French Quarter or on St. Charles Avenue, the Mardi Gras Indians hold that honor – and for good reason.

A year of dedication and craftsmanship goes into each Big Chief’s suit, leading up to the moment when they show off their creations against each other.

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When they gather under the Claiborne Overpass, two big chiefs will challenge each other with a ceremonial song and dance, then face off to see whose suit is the prettiest. Eventually, each Chief concedes and admires the beauty and craftsmanship of their opponent’s suit.

The next day, construction of new suits will begin for the next Mardi Gras.