Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Goodbye Carnival

Well, this is a day late, but Fat Tuesday was yesterday. Revelers around the world partook in festivities before hunkering down for forty days of Lent, beginning today with Ash Wednesday. Mardi Gras receives the most press around here considering our proximity to New Orleans, but festivals rage from Trinidad to Brazil as well. Below are several books that depict Carnival’s history as well as insight into the variety of Carnival celebrations.

Mardi Gras Treasures: Costume Designs of the Golden Age

Mardi Gras: New Orleans

Lords of Misrule: Mardi Gras and the Politics of Race in New Orleans

Carnival in Venice

Music in Trinidad: Carnival


All on a Mardi Gras Day: Episodes in the History of New Orleans Carnival

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