“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 http://www.mardigrasneworleans.com/mardigrasindians.html
Glen Abbott is a New Orleans-based freelance travel writer/photographer. Visit his blog at www.TravelinGringo.com.