May Inspiration: Jazz and Heritage Festival Mardi Gras Indians
Down on the bayou banks, a pilgrimage occurs the last weekend of April through the first weekend of May. It is a cultural pilgrimage of thousands in pursuit of an exquisite feast. This feast fills not only the stomach, but the soul. This pilgrimage is a celebration of sound, culture, and life. The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival celebrates all walks of life with music, art, food, and parades. Some of the greatest musicians in history have blessed the stages of Jazz Fest with their presence. From Stevie Wonder to Elton John, Lady Gaga to our very own Trombone Shorty, the stages of Jazz Fest definitely bring the heat (most literally with New Orleans weather). Something magical occurs everyday on the paths between the many musical stages. A pageantry of vibrant color, feathers, and glittering gems parades through the walkways, singing and dancing to a rhythm that can only be defined as that of the Mardi Gras Indians. Exquisite craftsmanship of headdresses and costumes accompany these soulful individuals as they march with their tribes. Upon my walking from the famous Gospel Tent to the main Acura Stage, I happened to stumble upton the parade of Big Chief Trouble & Trouble Nation and Mohawk Hunters Mardi Gras Indians. The parade is enough to take your breath away. See for yourself.
All Photographs Belong to Lauren Schnell.