Opening Reception: Guardians of the Flame: the Mardi Gras Indian
January 10, 2019
Address: 1600 Government Street, Ocean Springs, MS 39564
Phone: (228) 818-2878
Price: Free, donations welcomed.
The tradition of Masking Indians has been a part of the African American communities in New Orleans since the 1800s. Honoring the Indians who helped slaves escape and celebrating their own African roots merged with the carnival tradition brought to this country by the French – and a whole new icon emerges – The Mardi Gras Indians. Their flamboyant riot of color in lavish costumes of feathers and beadwork ranks among the best of the nation’s folk art. The opening includes films and personalities, and a performance will take place on March 29.
The exhibit will be up Jan 10 – Mar. 29, 2019.