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Mardi Gras 1940's Style...
With Mardi Gras 2012 in full swing, I think about the stark differences between Mardi Gras of today versus many years ago when my aunt was a young Tulane grad student living in the French Quarter of New Orleans. The late 1940's era was a far more innocent time and my aunt most definitely led a very sheltered life. Being raised in a very Victorian era based home, she really didn't know the ways of the world, even as simplistic as they were back then.
In sorting through some of her things, I found several interesting photos of what must have been her first ever Mardi Gras. I can only imagine what she thought...especially about the men dressed as women. It's such a gift to be able to see the 1949 Mardi Gras through her eyes...
Love this photo...with the little old ladies in their headscarves who have pulled their kitchen chairs out into the street to watch the parade! And, check out the guy with his hat and sunglasses checking out the drag queen! Oh...and check out the drag queen! Work it, girl!
Love how these very common people are just standing there talking with all the freaky looking people walking around...as though it's just an every day occurrence!
Love these costumes and would love to see them in color! I just wonder how long it took them to pull these costumes together and get ready to hit the parade!
I fondly refer to this guy as "Scarlett O'Harry"...isn't he just marvelous!?! I swear I can hear the the music and laughter going on in the background right now!
The look on the older couple's faces behind this guy is simply priceless!
Aunt Jean, thank you so much for preserving this day in your life as a young girl in New Orleans. Oh, what I wouldn't give to be able to go back in time and be there with you. What fun we would have and sights we would see together. It would be such a gift to hear what you were thinking as you saw and experienced cultures and ways of life you had never seen before. And I love the fact that you embraced and accepted all ways of life even though they were far different from yours. I am so proud and grateful that I had your influence in my life.
Thank you for this gift. I will treasure it forever.