New Orleans

New Orleans

Behind the Masks of America's Most Exotic City

Book - 1994
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Baker & Taylor
Describes the preparations for Carnival and portrays the city's different ethnic groups, social hierarchies, and political divisions

Blackwell North Amer
New Orleans, home of the great American blowout bash - Mardi Gras - is the exotic city on the Bayou that thumbs its nose at the conservative spirit of the rest of the South. And Mardi Gras, that wild, uninhibited, frenzied festival of multiculturalism, music, sex, and the outer limits of debauchery, is the city's annual and legendary celebration of itself.
But what really lies behind the masks and myths of a "pagan" festival older than baseball but less purely American than any other celebration? Despite all the glamour and popularity of Mardi Gras, few people know the real New Orleans - a city that is still socially stratified, racially divided, constrained by secrets. A city whose shocking double life was tragically exposed when national headlines publicized a proposal to desegregate the krewes, the quasi-cabalistic organizations that control the carnival and much of the town.

& Taylor

The author of Tarnished Crown goes underground in the city famous for the Mardi Gras and reveals a socially stratified town with political, social, and cultural cauldron brewing beneath its surface.

Publisher: New York : Grove Press, c1994.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780802114068
Branch Call Number: 917.633 FLA
Characteristics: xi, 351 p. ; 24 cm.


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