Unearths the roots in religious festivals of America's biggest party and describes all the aspects of the celebration, from the costumes and glittering parades to the floats and even the cleanup afterward.
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Bright with color photos of floats and costumed celebrants, a straightforward description of the New Orleans festival's origins and history and how the modern ``krewes'' all year prepare for the pre-Lent celebration, especially for the many parades between Twelfth Night and Ash Wednesday. Coil (Harriet Beecher Stowe, 1993) makes a point of the participation of the African-American Zulu krewe and the ``Mardi Gras Indians,'' organized into ``tribes'' descended from ``African-American Creoles (people of mixed African, American Indian, and French or Spanish descent).'' She describes the enormous expenses involved as borne by individual participants, but not the effect of the spectacle on tourism and the local economy. An admiring, upbeat presentation that pictures this unique American phenomenon as an example of ``how people of different races, religions, and backgrounds can get along together.'' Index. (Nonfiction. 7+) -- Copyright ©1994, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.From School Library Journal:
Grade 3-8-Three heartfelt cheers for this simple but comprehensive look at Mardi Gras. Coil and Osborne have produced a stylish, stunning overview of the New Orleans madness that occurs before Lent each year. Divided into chapters, the book uses short paragraphs to explain the traditions, history, and current operation of Carnival. The clear and lively style draws readers in and makes them feel a part of the excitement. Osborne's breathtaking, full-color photos underline the text's presentation of Mardi Gras as a magic time of fun and laughter for all. Long overdue and very welcome.
Judy Constantinides, East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library, LA
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