MARDI GRAS 2017 DURHAM, NORTH CAROLINA

History

French explores Iberville and Bienville founded modern day Louisiana. A few miles south in New Orleans where the holiday thrives till this day. A Celebration was held on March 3, 1699 named "Point Du Mardi Gras." Many historians believe that this was the first time America celebrated Mardi Gras. As the holiday in America become popular the french added to the traditions. Street parties, masked balls , and elegant dinners were added and continued in different forms in modern day celebrations.

Music

The Bulltown Strutters (beginning band) and The Historical Oakwood Second Line Band (ending band) are performing before, during, and after the parade. Top left: Dana Woodard, top right: Ledarrius Turner, bottom left: Oscar Rodriguez, bottom right: Janet Mahoney.

Two bands were featured during the downtown Durham Mardi Gras themed parade in North Carolina; The Bulltown Strutters and The Historical Oakwood Second Line Band. The Bulltown Strutters are a band that plays a mixture of New Orleans classics and New Orleans funk. The band started in September 2010 when Mark Donelly of the Hillsborough Arts Council asked Cathy Kielar of Music Explorium to find a band of percussionist for the October 2010 Hillsborough Handmade Parade 2.

Krewes & Organizations

Numerous organizations and Krewes were featured during the parade. Imagine circus and Greenway Transit being among them. Imagine Circus is a booking and production company for a contemporary style circus. They provide professional cirque-style entertainment for a private or public events. Greenway Transit is all about environmentally friendly transit vehicles. Their pedicabs were featured in the parade carrying special participants.

The Crowd

Spectators of the parade are also decked out in costumes and having a blast of fun. Top left: Dana Woodard, top middle: unknown artist, top right: Lelee Dillon, middle left: Lelee Dillon, middle middle: Megan Long, middle right: Natasha Swanson, bottom left: Oscar Rodriguez, bottom right: Oscar Rodriguez.

The Diversity of the crowd was astonishing! The costumes were glamours and unique. By the end of the parade the crowd had seeped into the parade making it harder to identify the performers. People of all ages came and partied the night away.

Crowning of Queen Mardi Gras

Lori Glenn is being crowned Queen of Mardi Gras Durham 2017. An ad telling people when and where the Mardi Gras celebration will be and what band will perform. Top left: Janet Mahoney, bottom left: Oscar Rodriguez, right: Kinya Furr.

Motorco is a music hall that has entertainment and event spaces. They serve a variety of alcoholic beverages and their restaurant Parts and Labor is just next door. The parade was schedule to end right in front of Motorco and that is when the Queen Lori Glenn was crowned.

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