It’s Mardi Gras time! And it’s time for us to dispel some of the myths about Mardi Gras being, through and through, a festival of drunkenness and debauchery. Holly’s been a pile of times, but I never have. Here’s what we brought up:
- The origins of Mardi Gras and its lead-in to Lent and Easter
- The history of Mardi Gras parades and other Mardi Gras traditions
- The bits of Mardi Gras that showed up because of prohibition
- Baring of things for beads, and the history thereof
- The influence of Mardi Gras on other places, especially in the U.S.
- Mardi Gras food and a Mardi Gras restaurant story
- King cake
- The history of Mardi Gras krewes
- The Krewe of Chewbaccus
- Hurricane Katrina and Mardi Gras
- Katrina and tourism dollars
- Mardi Gras and New Orleans in the American imagination
- What a bayou smells like
- Listener mail! From MEA about how Pinocchio is a very scary movie, thanks to our scary movie episode
- A digression about very offensive things in some Disney movies and a Slate article about Song of the South (which draws from a book about the film)
- Gotham, Kevin Fox. “Marketing Mardi Gras: Commodification, Spectacle and the Political Economy of Tourism in New Orleans.” Urban Studies. Vol. 39, No. 10. 2002.
- Milhausen, Robin R. et al “A Theory-Based Approach to Understanding Sexual Behavior at Mardi Gras.” Journal of Sex Research. May 2006.
- Mitchell, Reid. “Carnival and Katrina.” Journal of American History. Dec. 2007.
- Stanonis, Anthony J. “Through a Purple (Green and Gold) Haze New Orleans Mardi Gras in the American Imagination.” Southern Cultures. Summer 2008.
- Sexton, Rocky L. “Cajun Mardi Gras: Cultural Objectification and Symbolic Appropriation in a French Tradition.” Ethnology. Fall 1999.
- Celebrate Fat Tuesday with a King Cake Fit for a King
- New Orleans Tourism, Mardi Gras statistics
- Mardi Gras History and Traditions
- WORLD’S MOST WIRED — Float Maker