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Mardi Gras New Orleans Hardcover – October 1, 1997

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Flammarion (October 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 2080136151
  • ISBN-13: 978-2080136152
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 0.7 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,859,069 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Henri Schindler is a devotee of New Orleans Carnival. He served as the last float designer for the Mistick Krewe of Comus, the orginator of thematic New Orleans Carnival parades, until the Mistick Krewe was driven from the streets in 1992 by government interference. Rather than focus on this end, Mr. Schindler writes evocatively of the glory days of carnival, the "last butterfly of winter". It is at once stylish, historical, and moving- a must have for every carnival afficiendo. You come away not seeing just a drunken debacle, but an appreciation for a local celebration, rich in traditions, social history and the artists who helped create it. Complete with extraordinary photo-plates.
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Schindler's magnum opus, Mardi Gras New Orleans, is the perfect guide as we embark on the 150th anniversary of the New Orleans Carnival celebration--a must read for any serious or curious observer of the New Orleans scene. The focus is the history of the celebration, going back to its origins in ancient Greece and Rome, and the Druid Festival of the Sun with its own "boeuf gras" long before the Christian Lenten observance decreed a "farewell to meat" (carne vale). With glorious photography by former Carnival Queen Tina Freeman, and archival photographs, Schindler paints a fascinating verbal picture of the post-classical European roots of the modern celebration, and the effects of the Venetian and Bourbon French rulers on the ancient feast. Focusing on the colonial, Creole and ultimately American development of Carnival, Schindler leads the reader to the pivotal moment in that history, the formation of the Mystick Krewe of Comus--the event that brought order out of the chaos of the early celebration and gave the New Orleans carnival its present form. Drawing on the words of early governors of the city, nineteenth century print media, celebrities of the time and noted authors such as Grace King and Eudora Welty, he weaves an unforgettable portrait of New Orleans during the period from its colonial days through the early twentieth century, tracing the birth of the organizations that followed the Mystick Krewe, and outlining some of the traditions unique to each. Whether depicting the rise of the Rex Organization, the mystery of the life of artist and float designer Carlotta Bonnecaze or sharing the literate satire of carpetbagger rule provided by the 1873 Comus and Momus parades, Schindler never disappoints.Read more ›
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Mardi Gras New Orleans is the triumphant work of the eminent New Orleans native Henri Schindler. For decades Mr. Schindler has designed some of New Orleans' most beautiful and opulent Mardi Gras Pageants and Balls. His esthetic joyfully conjures the "Golden Age" of Mardi Gras..... an incomparable era which this book chronicles and captures.

The fabulous, beguiling images of this book (many of which were unearthed by Mr. Schindler, and seen by New Orleanians - and the world - for the first time when this book was published) compliment - at times manage to compete - with Mr. Schindler's poetic and witty prose.

Never before has the subject of Mardi Gras in New Orleans been treated with the thorough scholarship and research that this volume displays. Make no mistake, however. While the scholarship and historical detail of this book are unimpeachable, this is no dry academic work. It reads as effervescently as the gilded papier-mache' chariots it celebrates. This book for New Orleanians is a validation. For those unfamiliar with the city or it's great festival, this book is a revelation.

For the Artist and the Esthete this inestimable book is a treasure.
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A previous reviewer talks of the Comus crewe being driven from the streets by "government interference." He couldn't be referring to the decision not to allow the continuance of racially segregated crewe activities on New Orlean streets by any chance? Or could he? Language is a funny thing. This book is a dedication to the "golden age" when Mardi Gras was all white, and all was right with the "white" world. It is not a very liberating experience, but I guess as long as the vestiges of the "old generation" remain the nostalgia for the good old days will persist. After all, there are those who think we would have been better off had Strom Thurmond been president....
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