These ladies will be out on Lundi Gras in the French Quarter so do your best to find them and celebrate the patron saints of New Orleans with them!
Monday the 27th and Tuesday the 28th of February are the final days of two months of Carnival in New Orleans this year, which means it has been a particularly long season! The season always begins on the Feast of the Epiphany, January 6th and ends the day before Ash Wednesday, known as “Fat Tuesday” or in French as Mardi Gras. This is because New Orleans essentially remains a Catholic city and takes Lent (more or less) seriously. Lent of course is the religious season to prepare for Easter. The date of Easter changes because it is literally a “moveable feast ” (feast meaning religious observance, not food party!), linked to Passover which changes based on when the Passover (Paschal) full moon falls. (Wonderful to see how many religious and secular traditions are based on the natural world’s rhythms..)
Today, I am highlighting the local work of Dames de Perlage (Women of Beadwork)…
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