In the non-New Orleans (read uninhabitable) parts of the United States, Super Sunday means a day in February when football teams get together to see who can simultaneously bore the most people.

Mardi Gras Indian

Mardi Gras Indian

Not so in Southeast Louisiana.

Baby Mardi Gras Indian

Baby Mardi Gras Indian

We love our Saints but when you read about Super Sunday in New Orleans it means it’s time to gather together and parade with the Mardi Gras Indians.

Elderly Mardi Gras Indian

Elderly Mardi Gras Indian

Which is exactly what we did this past weekend on Bayou Saint John.

Sleepy Baby Indian

Sleepy Baby Indian

A month or so ago the Uptown Mardi Gras Indians had the first Super Sunday of the year.

Baby Doll With Cold Beer And Cigar

Baby Doll With Cold Beer And Cigar

Sunday March 29th 2015, it was the downtown Indians turn.

Magestic

Majestic

The procession began at Bayou Saint John.

Bayou Saint John Gathering Of The Tribes

Bayou Saint John Gathering Of The Tribes

Where thousands of people and hundreds of Mardi Gras Indians gathered to begin a multi-mile long parade route.

Teeth Bared

Teeth Bared

Brass bands, drummers, fire walkers, baby dolls, street vendors, stilt walkers, and just plain regular folk came together as one under a crystal blue Louisiana sky.

Sweet Li'l Baby Doll

Sweet Li’l Baby Doll

But you never know when shots might get popped off so we’re always ready to shuck and buck.

The 100lb Suits Can Make A Body Sweat

The 100lb Suits Can Make A Body Sweat

The parade did run right by where a body had been found riddled with bullet holes just a few hours earlier.

Bands Drive The Party

Bands Drive The Party

After all, this is New Orleans.Super Sunday

Thankfully the worst offense we spotted during the parade was people throwing trash on the ground.

Comanche Indian

Comanche Indian

Some folks just weren’t raised right.Super Sunday

After following the procession for a mile or so, we made a mad dash back up to the Econoline so we could intercept the parade further down the road.

A Seasoned Hunter

A Seasoned Hunter

We like following the parade for a few blocks then riding ahead to catch up with the party-goers later in the route.

This Indian Was Cackling During The Entire Route

This Indian Was Cackling During The Entire Route

That way we don’t end up with a multi-mile hike back to the van at the end of the party.

This Girl Had No Outfit But Was Shrieking Up A Storm

This Girl Had No Outfit But Was Shrieking Up A Storm

And what a party it was.

This Mardi Gras Indian Had Laser Beam-Like Eyes

This Mardi Gras Indian Had Laser Beam-Like Eyes

We love the roving cocktail vendors pulling Radio Flyer wagons stocked with booze, bitters, ice and mixers.Super Sunday

There’s something about buying a Dark n Stormy off a guy named Lester in the middle of the tarmac on Broad Street with a gang of cops 10 feet away.

The Happiest Mardi Gras Indian I Saw All Day

The Happiest Mardi Gras Indian I Saw All Day

And the police are quite circumspect. They could easily make hundreds of arrests but most of them are too busy eating turkey legs and flirting with all the pretty girls to be worried about hassling folks trying to have a good time.

Pretty Indian Girl

Pretty Indian Girl

This stands as a stark counterpoint to our former home of Austin, Texas where the cops are so bored out of their minds that they write tickets for jaywalking like they live in fucking Mayberry or some shit.

Blood Curdling Whoops Were Coming Out Of This Indian

Blood Curdling Whoops Were Coming Out Of This Indian

Let’s hope NOPD doesn’t make their officers pee in a cup. After wading through the thick fog banks of weed smoke at Super Sunday these cops could get in big trouble.

Old School Creole Hardass

Old School Creole Hardass

We did not see a single fight nor any real crimes to speak of.Super Sunday

Everybody’s so busy partying they don’t have any time to beef.Super Sunday

One thing we kept wondering was “where do the Indians live?” Do they just have normal lives as bankers, counter clerks, architects, line cooks, dockhands etc or are they full-time Indians who are hunting and fishing and living on acreage out in St John The Baptist Parish?Super Sunday

Perhaps there is an expert reading this article who can inform us.Super Sunday

And how long have women been allowed to mask and parade?Super Sunday

While the percentage of female Indians was tiny, they were wearing some of the craziest outfits on the parade route.Super Sunday

What do American Indians think of these Mardi Gras Indians?

Our First VooDoo Queen

Our First VooDoo Queen

Are they cool with the outfits or is the whole thing a thorn in their side?Super Sunday

We’ve been thinking about the Indians an awful lot lately.

Indian Sugar

Indian Sugar

One of our dear friends, a gal named Ross, was vacationing in New Orleans in the 70s when she spotted a Mardi Gras Indian.

Pain Filled Eyes

Pain Filled Eyes

She whipped out her camera and snapped a photo without hesitating for one moment.

If Looks Could Kill

If Looks Could Kill

The Indian stalked up on her and brusquely demanded to know what she thought she was doing.Super Sunday

“I’m a tourist” Ross, all five feet nothing of her, responded.

Intense

Intense

“I want fifty dollars right now” the Indian barked.Super Sunday

Ross meekly pulled her purse out and gave him the money. A king’s ransom for a broke hippie chick in the 70s.super sunday

Nowadays if the Indians even got a dollar a snap they would go home rich.super sunday

There were dozens of photogs, amateur and pro out there on Sunday.super sunday

Trying to take pictures was like swimming in a whirlpool.

Little Sad Face

Little Sad Face

I caught an elbow in the ribs from a little old granny woman who looked like like she’d be in an ad for knitting yarn.

Baby Dolls

Baby Dolls

“Back off” she snarled.Super Sunday

And she meant it too.super sunday

It would’ve been embarrassing to get in a tussle with a woman the age of my grandma at Super Sunday.super sunday

And doubly embarrassing if she would’ve gotten the best of me.

Hip Li'l Chick

Hip Li’l Chick

At the end of the party we’re left wondering what in the Hell we’re supposed to do with our Sundays now?super sunday

What do the squares of the world (aka non-New Orleanians) do on Sunday with no Mardi Gras Indians around to parade through their town?super sunday

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