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The Red Beans Krewe: An Iconic Dish and a New Parade

The Red Beans Krewe: An Iconic Dish and a New Parade

Chapter:
(p.119) Chapter 4 The Red Beans Krewe: An Iconic Dish and a New Parade
Source:
Downtown Mardi Gras
Author(s):
Robin RobertsFrank de Caro
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496823786.003.0005

This chapter focuses on a new parade, a new surrogation, that has assumed an empty spot in the Carnival calendar, Lundi Gras, the Monday before Fat Tuesday. This chapter explores the Krewe of Red Beans and the ways that this new parade draws on New Orleans culture, from its signature red beans and rice dish, to the Mardi Gras Indians’ costumes, to the second-line tradition. Like the other new Downtown parades, the Red Beans fosters artistic expression (and competition); displays whimsical and political humor based on local culture; and valorizes the domestic (a common meal and food stuff), and thus the feminine. And like the other new Mardi Gras parades, Red Beans wrestles with an evolving New Orleans and the role transplants play in precipitating change.

Keywords:   Red Beans, Foodways, Gender, Mardi Gras Indians, Humor

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