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Walking RaddyThe Baby Dolls of New Orleans$
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Kim Vaz-Deville

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781496817396

Published to University Press of Mississippi: September 2019

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496817396.001.0001

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Dancing Women of New Orleans

Dancing Women of New Orleans

Mardi Gras Baby Dolls

(p.195) Dancing Women of New Orleans
Walking Raddy

DeriAnne Meilleur Honora

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter defines Mardi Gras Baby Dolls of the Seventh Ward. It begins with a definition of the Seventh Ward and its geographical location. It then touches on the epitome of a Baby Doll, who they were as people, as well their alter ego when they masked. These women were regular New Orleanians who defied gender norms and tested boundaries of the time. These women were both liked and disliked by many throughout the city. This chapter also highlights the Mardi Gras Skeletons and their significance. Also included is a host of interviews of New Orleanians and their variety of perceptions of these colorful women.

Keywords:   Creole, Seventh Ward, Baby Dolls, Claiborne, Mardi Gras

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