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Downtown Mardi GrasNew Carnival Practices in Post-Katrina New Orleans$
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Leslie A. Wade, Robin Roberts, and Frank de Caro

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781496823786

Published to University Press of Mississippi: January 2020

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496823786.001.0001

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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

(p.119) Chapter 4 The Red Beans Krewe: An Iconic Dish and a New Parade
Downtown Mardi Gras

Robin Roberts

Frank de Caro

University Press of Mississippi

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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