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NOLA Traditions: Super Sunday for Mardi Gras Indians

Mardi Gras Indians

“Super Sunday” in New Orleans refers not to a well-known football game or a political primary, but instead to a tradition of elaborate spectacle and ritual for the Mardi Gras Indians.

Every year on the third Sunday of March, groups of elaborately-costumed tribe members gather at A.L. Davis Park at Washington and LaSalle Streets, then march through Mid-City in an explosion of sound and color.

Wearing handmade costumes of brightly-colored feathers and intricately-sewn beadwork, the Indians proudly strut their stuff; it’s part parade, part street festival, and completely entertaining.

Check out this photo gallery for some of the sights of “Super Sunday 2012:”

For more information on the rich tradition and history of Mardi Gras Indians, check out

Glen Abbott is a New Orleans-based freelance travel writer/photographer. Visit his blog at


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