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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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Sass and Circumstance

Sass and Circumstance

The Magic of the Baby Dolls

(p.223) Sass and Circumstance
Walking Raddy

Daniele Gair

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter offers an up close and personal view of the Baby Doll tradition, through the eyes of a native New Orleanian joining the Baby Dolls and costuming as a Baby Doll for the first time. Taking place on Mardi Gras Day 2015, this account follows an intrepid masker and two friendsas they wind their way from the Marigny to the famous Mother-in-Law Lounge, though the Tremé and to the French Quarter. Mardi Gras is already an exciting and sometimes challenging experience, even for a veteran. Yet the idea of partying with the Baby Dolls, at first intimidating, proves to be both welcoming and exhilarating, and offers invaluable insight into this unique New Orleans tradition, and into New Orleans culture itself.

Keywords:   Baby, Doll, marching, parasol, Marigny, Ernie K-Doe

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