Who Do the Zulu?

Really great article from the NYTimes talking about the Zulu Krewe of New Orleans.

Zulu float from Mardi Gras 2001

Zulu float from Mardi Gras 2001

Here’s a link to the slideshow.

Mardi Gras in New Orleans is always interesting, in part because of the racial undercurrents in the parades.  I’ve never seen Zulu, but I’ve seen Bacchus and Endymion, and the first time I ever saw a Mardi Gras parade I was shocked to see men in hoods strolling down the street on their horses.   It’s definitely shocking, as the article suggests, to see icons of racial taboo (like hoods or blackface) displayed so openly and without malice during Mardi Gras.

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