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Always for Pleasure (1978)

Not Rated  |   |  Documentary  |  20 May 1982 (Australia)
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A look at the spirit of New Orleans. First a funeral: Allen Toussaint explains that you arrive slow and cut up afterwards. Then it's food, with a lesson in eating crayfish at Frankie and ... See full summary »

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A look at the spirit of New Orleans. First a funeral: Allen Toussaint explains that you arrive slow and cut up afterwards. Then it's food, with a lesson in eating crayfish at Frankie and Johnny's. Next, a St. Patrick's Day party: New Orleans celebrates holidays on the streets. Then it's preparation for Mardi gras, with roots in slave days, when slaves gathered on Sundays to prepare for the one holiday they could celebrate. The Wild Tchoupitoulas society makes Indian costumes to honor the help Indians gave slaves. At Mardi gras, we're with this society parading, singing, and partying. We end with the annual parade for St. Joseph, the saint of the people. More music, dance and ritual. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Best Doc Ever!
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You will be completely transported through time & space, back to La Belle Nouvelle Orleans circa the 70's. The banging beat of Mardis Gras plays in the background as happy faces second line down the street. This documentary shows New Orleans the way it REALLY WAS!!!! Learn all about The Mardis Gras Indians with Big Chief Landry & The Wild Chopitulous, and how not to burn read beans by Irma Thomas. Beautifully shot & completely honest, this film is the most accurate portrayal of a once thriving, unique, beautiful, bewitching city & it's carefree jubilant inhabitants. Watch, you'll have a cry too! Hopefully historians have this film in their archives as evidence to the magic that was, and hopefully one day will be again - New Orleans!


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