Since 1998, the most spirited and talented keepers of Lafayette's African-American Mardi Gras traditions proudly wear their handmade costumes for a judged competition on Fat Tuesday. After spontaneously battling for neighborhood bragging rights in late-morning gatherings around 12th Street, the action moves to Clark Field, where zydeco and Mardi Gras music fuel a raucous celebration and friendly competition between local maskers and costume makers.
"It's called old school," longtime Mardi Gras masker Raymond Perry told The Independent Weekly last year. "This is the Mardi Gras Lafayette's been knowing all this century."
Perry is referring to the tradition of Mardi Gras box hats unique to Lafayette; the flat hats are made of cardboard covered with swaying fringe that moves with every step. Masks can also be cut from screen and painted to help disguise the identity of the masker.
They complement a dizzying array of costumes made with feathers, lace, bells, bows, and silk and satin fabric ' all sewn by hand. Each masker's costume and colors is a closely guarded secret, never to be revealed until Mardi Gras day. The winner of the Clark Field competition then has a year to plan and make their next costume and defend the crown in 2008.
The Mardi Gras Show at Clark Field takes place from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 20. Admission free for children under 12 years; $2 donation for adults. In addition to the costume judging contest,
Step Rideau and the Zydeco Outlaws, Northside High Drill S.Q.U.A.D and Sha Me Nu and the Zydeco Drifters will perform. No ice chests or large bags allowed. For more info, visit mardigrasshow.com.
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Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Tuesday, December 10, 2013:
For the first time in at least five years, retired teachers, state workers and school system employees could see an increase in their pension checks.
Lawmakers and Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration shared a collective sigh of relief with the news that Louisiana's tax amnesty program brought in the $200 million that they used to help balance this year's budget.
Drew Brees often makes the extraordinary look routine, particularly during night games in the Superdome.
The Cane Fire Film Series will be screening The Savoy King, a feature documentary on Swing-era drummer-bandleader Chick Webb, Ella Fitzgerald, and Harlems Savoy Ballroom.
The teams were extended invitations Sunday for the New Year's Day matchup played at Raymond James Stadium, home of the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
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Some of the many events taking place this weekend include The Festival of Light and the Fire & Water Festival.
Appropriate for the season of giving, exhibit features behind-the-scenes images of beloved icon.
Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. increased by 12 this week to 1,775.
The state labor department figures released Friday show the initial claims decreased to 1,850 from the previous week's total of 2,854. For the comparable week a year earlier, there were 4,048.
If all 44 projects are approved, about $300 million would remain in the fund set up as a down payment to help the Gulf.
Last week, the Saints gave up 429 yards to Seattle, second most in a game this season.
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