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.
Did You Know?
This film is part of the Criterion Collection, spine #737. See more
Henry 'Professor Longhair' Byrd
Me got fire me can't put out! Heap fire water gonna make me shout! Me goin' down and get my squaw, Me might buy a great big car, Me gonna do everything me could, Me Big Chief, I'm feelin' good...
from Music of Africa
courtesy of Kaleidophone
recorded in Northern Congo by Hugh Tracey See more