mardi gras

Kern Studios

Blaine Kern Sr., known as “Mr. Mardi Gras,” has died at the age of 93.

Ashley Dean / WWNO

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday released a report packed with data on the spread of COVID-19.

Dennis Guidry/WWNO

Whenever you think of Mardi Gras, you probably think parades, floats and beads being thrown in the air, but there is another side of Mardi Gras that’s not as widely known outside of the Cajun and Creole cultures of Southwest Louisiana. It’s called, “Courir de Mardi Gras.”

Going door-to-door, dressed in disguise, singing old Cajun French songs, chasing chickens, and collecting ingredients for your gumbo are all a part of the Courir de Mardi Gras tradition.

American Routes: Cherice Harrison-Nelson

Feb 21, 2020
Cherice Harrison-Nelson
American Routes

Cherice Harrison-Nelson grew up in a high-minded family of readers. Her mother Herreast ran nursery schools. Her father Donald Harrison was a veteran and postal worker, interested in philosophy and art. He grew up in the Mardi Gras Indian tradition of honoring Native American culture by local African American carnival tribes.  The Harrisons have long been concerned about social justice.

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It’s Mardi Gras season and the streets are filling up with parade-goers — and disposable plastic.