Mardi Gras '18: Why The Celebration Is Important To Black Folks

What does Mardi Gras mean and why is it celebrated

It also important to note that slavery and racism drove Black folks to form their cultural styles for celebrating Mardi Gras. "There's no place else in the world like it", she said.

"We love it. We come here every year". The celebration starts in the Mid-City area and makes it way to the Superdome.

A second shooting happened Uptown near St. Charles and Second Street where a man was shot and rushed to the hospital. His condition was unknown.

Neighbourhood organizations are among the first groups out on Mardi Gras.

Not only is the Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club known for its parade and lavish ball, but the organization also works to help the community in as many ways as it can.

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The anniversary of this Louisiana port city will feature prominently in Fat Tuesday's festivities.

Hubbard High School French teacher Jenna Evans wanted to teach students the cultural significance of Mardi Gras, beyond what most people perceive as a holiday that gives them a reason to eat, drink and earn colorful beads.

Neighbours Christine Stephens and Tracy Thomas said they stay on the traditional parade route, outside the French Quarter.

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