Downtown Super Sunday 2019
Downtown Super Sunday (04/07) is one of the days Masking Indians dedicated to the community. The Indians congregate on picturesque Bayou St John before the start of the parade around 11 am and Suits are displayed for photos and up close viewing. This is a great event to learn more about the Culture and take photos with the Indians.
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What You Need To Know
The parade starts on Bayou St John at Orleans Ave. and Jefferson Davis Pkwy, travels down Orleans Ave, left on Broad St., Right on St Bernard Ave,. Bring your cameras and chairs to sit/stand along Route.
What We Know About The Mardi Gras Indians
Nobody is completely certain when the tradition of Mardi Gras Indians “masking” on St. Joseph’s night began. However, there have been reports of Indians on St. Joseph’s night dating back to before World War I. The custom seems to have come about simply because it was a good opportunity. With all of the Catholic Italians celebrating this holiday in the streets, the Indians were able to blend in and celebrate as well.
Before 1969, the Indians celebrated by coming out at night to meet and greet other “gangs”. In 1969, the first parade was created and rolled through town at night. In 1970, it was switched to a day parade on Sunday afternoon, and has continued in that tradition to this day.