The biggest Mardi Gras Indian party of the year went down yesterday in New Orleans Central City neighborhood.

Mardi Gras Indian

Mardi Gras Indian

The Scrumptious crew rolled out bright and early to make sure we would not miss one moment of the party.

Streetside barbecue man vending pork chop sandwiches

Streetside barbecue man vending pork chop sandwiches

After knocking back a few shots from the rolling cocktail vendors we got down to the business at hand:

I love the expression on his face, dead serious.

I love the expression on his face, dead serious.

Pictures. Running, jumping, squatting and working hard to get the photos through the enormous crowds that had gathered.

Female pit boss with an eye patch and a roaring fire.

Female pit boss with an eye patch and a roaring fire.

The most beautiful part was that there were dozens of cops and they were admirably exercising restraint. Had this event been in Austin, Texas there would’ve been dozens of arrests.

The most beautiful woman you could ever hope to see

The most beautiful woman you could ever hope to see

The air was thick with weed smoke and there were countless entrepreneurs selling cocktails off ad hoc liquor bars.

Skull and Bones showed up in their finery

Skull and Bones showed up in their finery

A dj set up on a street corner blasting Li’l Wayne, Boosie Badazz and Run The Jewels. Obligatory twerking was righteously scandalous.

This Mardi Gras Indian Chief was telling everyone that he was the prettiest.

This Mardi Gras Indian Chief was telling everyone that he was the prettiest.

The crowd was totally diverse. Well, there were Black and white people by the thousands anyway.

Everybody gets down in their own way I reckon.

Everybody gets down in their own way I reckon.

There were scores of food trucks many of which were hastily converted vans and pickup trucks where folks had rigged up hot plates off car batteries and were selling barbecue and ya ka mein.

Baby Mardi Gras Indians

Baby Mardi Gras Indians

A.L Davis Park, hard up against the parade route, was part of the party but was being largely ignored as everybody wanted to get down in the street.

Super Sunday 2015 was a family affair

Super Sunday 2015 was a family affair

You couldn’t walk 10 feet without somebody trying to dance with you, give you a beer or try to sell you a catfish po boy.

We've all been pensive at a party

We’ve all been pensive at a party

The sun beamed down and New Orleans in all her glory rose her face to the heavens.

Bloody Marys out of the trunk of a Chevrolet? Only in New Orleans

Bloody Marys out of the trunk of a Chevrolet? Only in New Orleans

The Mardi Gras Indian tribes arrived stealthily and from all angles of the city. We quickly learned to be ready to break into a sprint to get to the new arrivals before they were completely mobbed up.

This Mardi Gras Indian chief told all passersby that he is the "wildest chief"

This Mardi Gras Indian chief told all passersby that he is the “wildest chief”

When we first arrived the crowd was light, perhaps two thousand people, as the day progressed thousands more thronged into Central City til it eventually felt like the entirety of New Orleans was there.

Photo taken right before she got down on that tambourine like a young Mick Jagger

Photo taken right before she got down on that tambourine like a young Mick Jagger

It is amazing how much alcohol and food you can consume when you really put your mind to it.

Beautiful Mardi Gras Indian girl shyly vamping

Beautiful Mardi Gras Indian girl shyly vamping

We’ve been to hundreds of street parties over the years and the food on offer at Super Sunday was as fine as anything we’ve ever seen.

Mardi Gras Indian Chief at Super Sunday

Mardi Gras Indian Chief at Super Sunday

There was fried catfish, smoked pork shoulder, grilled oysters, “ghetto burgers”, turtle soup, ya ka mein, pralines, hot sausage wraps, alligator balls, steamed boudin links, cotton candy, oysters on the half shell, nachos, candied apples, collard greens, baked chicken, yams, onion rings, deep fried Snickers bars, ice cream and we may be leaving something out.

Pacified

Pacified

One of our favorite New Orleans traditions is the roaming cocktail bar. Generally an entrepreneurial sort will load up a Radio Flyer wagon with a few bottles of bourbon, vodka, gin and rum then take to the streets to hawk mixed drinks. We lost count of how many of these men there were at Super Sunday.

New Orleans is the most joyful city in the US

New Orleans is the most joyful city in the US

We never saw a fight and nary a shot rang out.

Wall of fame

Wall of fame

Outsiders may scoff but in New Orleans, when we get a few thousand people together there is often gunplay.

Oh, just two Mardi Gras Indians strolling down the street, that's all

Oh, just two Mardi Gras Indians strolling down the street, that’s all

We take the bad with the good here because we live in the greatest city in the USA.

Aisha's got that fire

Aisha’s got that fire

It took a couple hours but some brass bands finally showed up and we all started started dancing in the street.

Resplendent

Resplendent

Is there a finer way to spend a Sunday afternoon than dancing on a blacktop street under a blue Louisiana sky?

This child's cooler was filled with ice cold beer for sale.

This child’s cooler was filled with ice cold beer for sale.

Most people spend their entire lives without ever seeing a Mardi Gras Indian in person.

Female Indians take to the streets

Female Indians take to the streets

If you were fortunate enough to be in New Orleans yesterday you saw a spectacle that could only take place right here in Louisiana.

We loved racing down the side streets to where the Indians were enrobing themselves

We loved racing down the side streets to where the Indians were enrobing themselves

We wondered if the rival Indian tribes might clash.

Little old ladies tearing down some plates of chow

Little old ladies tearing down some plates of chow

And frankly would’ve been wild with delight had they.

The masses cheered

The masses cheered

But the olden days of Mardi Gras Indians meeting up for violent clashes are no more.

A Young Man Reflects

A Young Man Reflects

Once upon a time, families would never be caught at a Mardi Gras Indian parade.

The Indians are beautiful

The Indians are beautiful

Parents did not want to run the risk of their children getting injured when fists and bottles started to fly.

Her Heart Has No Fear

Her Heart Has No Fear

You could spend a lifetime studying the suits/costumes of the Mardi Gras Indians.

2nd Chief

2nd Chief

Each one tells a story.

Grilling at the cemetary

Grilling at the cemetery

The making of the suit can take a full year.

Baby Indian

Baby Indian

And cost thousands of dollars.

Mardi Gras Indians at Super Sunday

Mardi Gras Indians at Super Sunday

Many suits weigh in excess of one hundred pounds.

Hustlin'

Hustlin’

You have to be in good shape to be an Indian chief toting a hundred pounds on your back with the mercury skyrocketing and the humid New Orleans weather closing in like a giant wet glove.

Regal

Regal

Even by New Orleans notorious debauched standards Super Sunday is a raucous affair.

Two Generations

Two Generations

We regularly roll through Central City but it was nice to be out of the van and on foot breathing in the neighborhood air.

High Steppers

High Steppers

Appreciate it now for as we all know with the new money rolling into New Orleans the current version of the storied neighborhood will soon vanish.

The Wild Man

The Wild Man

You only have to drive down nearby O.C Haley Blvd to see what’s coming.

Big Bertha's BBQ

Big Bertha’s BBQ

There, brand new retail along with restaurants is shouldering onto a street that’s been on hard times for decades.

Super Sunday 2015

Super Sunday 2015

But, one of the most beautiful things about our city is the glacial pace at which change comes.

Hot Brass Filled The Air

Hot Brass Filled The Air

Our next opportunity to see the Mardi Gras Indians will be on Saint Joseph’s Day later this week. No one seems to know where.

Big Chief

Big Chief

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