Mardi Gras Beyond The Beads
By New Orleans Magazine
Mardi Gras Beyond The BeadsFeb 21, 2023
S4, Episode 5: Carnival A to Z
From Ash Wednesday to super krewes, old-line parades and cabinets full of plastic Mardi Gras cups, for our final episode of 2023 we are looking at Carnival from A to Z. In this super-sized episode, Errol and Rich cover anything and everything Carnival, including a guest interview with The Historic New Orleans Collection's Lydia Blackmore, curator of Decorative Arts, who discusses the history of Carnival ladders.
S4, Episode 4: The Evolution of Mardi Gras
This episode, we go back generations in Carnival history. Historian Errol Laborde takes us from the start of New Orleans Carnival through the evolution that lead to our modern understanding of Carnival celebration.
S4, Episode 3: The History of King Cakes
In this episode, Matt Haines, writer of "The Big Book of King Cakes," shares all his knowledge of the Carnival confection, while breaking down the process of compiling and creating the delicious book.
S4, Episode 2: Queen Reesie, Guardians of the Flame
This episode of Beyond the Beads features Cherice Harrison-Nelson, also known as Queen Reesie, who has been Queen of the Guardians of the Flame Maroon Society in New Orleans for three decades. She talks about the history of her organization, her famous family and her work to keep the tradition alive for future generations.
S4, Episode 1: The Krewe of Orpheus
The Krewe of Orpheus celebrates its 30th anniversary this Carnival season. In our first episode of 2023, Errol Laborde talks with krewe co-founder and current Captain Sonny Borey about the organization's inception, evolution and future.
S3, Episode 5: The History of Throws
Beads, doubloons, shoes and more! In our final episode of the season, Rich Collins and Errol Laborde discuss the history of Carnival throws.
S3, Episode 4: Krewe of the Rolling Elvi – The Unofficial Kings of Carnival
Who doesn't love "The King" Elvis Presley? This group sure does! This week, Errol chats with David Center, Scott Galante and Cliff Golz of the Krewe of the Rolling Elvi. These "kings" of Carnival share their favorite stories from the parade routes, the inception of the group and how the krewe rolled right into the hearts of all Carnival revelers.
S3, Episode 3: All Dogs Go To Barkus
The officially licensed Mystic Krewe of Barkus is a nonprofit organization and Mardi Gras parade that center's around man's best friend. Since 1993, Barkus has sported themes such as "Wizard of Paws," "Indiana Bones and the Raiders of the Lost Bark" and "Joan of Bark" while parading through the streets of the French Quarter. Gregory Curtis, director of Human Resources for the Windsor Court Hotel and president of the Krewe of Barkus, tells us about the furry krewe and the 2022 theme of "Barkingham Palace: Barkus Is Going for the Crown," which will ride Feb. 20, 2022.
S3, Episode 2: Celebrating Safely with Dr. Jennifer Avegno
Carnival 2022 is ready to roll, but what about the lingering coronavirus pandemic? We talk to New Orleans health director Dr. Jennifer Avegno to get her advice on how to celebrate safely this Carnival season! Hear Dr. Avegno's advice on what to bring in your parade bag to combat COVID and whether the neutral ground side or side walk side is the safest for you and your group of revelers.
S3, Episode 1: A Look at Carnival 2022
After missing the 2021 Carnival season due to the coronavirus pandemic, is the city of New Orleans ready for Carnival 2022? As the city updates parade routes and COVID mandates seem to be sticking around, Rich and Errol take a look at what Carnival means this year.
S2, Episode 9: Top Moments in Carnival History
Errol and Rich discuss a few of the top moments in Carnival history - from the 1600s to COVID Carnival 2021. Stay tuned to the end for a new type of Carnival music.
S2, Episode 8: The Pussyfooters Party with a Purpose
Take a trip down the Pussyfooter's parade route with Laura Cayouette, actress and long-time member of the dance krewe. We'll dance our way through the importance of the female dance krewes, how they "party with a purpose" and some surprising facts about Laura!
S2, Episode 7: Krewe du Vieux
Krewe du Vieux has been making merry in New Orleans for many years. This year, they have adapted to COVID in typically tasteless fashion.
S2, Episode 6: The History and Current Status of LGBTQ+ Mardi Gras
In this two-part episode, we discuss the history and current state of LGBTQ+ Mardi Gras in New Orleans. First, Roberts Batson and Errol Laborde discuss the founding of gay Carnival balls in the city and some of the struggles the community had to endure in the 1960s, '70s and '80s. Then, Rich Collins chats with Tony Leggio about all the costumes, events and pageantry that are a big part of the contemporary LGBTQ+ Carnival season.
S2, Episode 5: A Little Risqué Carnival
From the woman who claims to be the first flasher for Mardi Gras beads to Pagan times and practices, this episode we discuss the risqué side of Carnival.
S2, Episode 4: Bo Dollis Jr. and the Mardi Gras Indians
In episode 4, Rich and Errol interview Bo Dollis Jr. of The Wild Magnolias Mardi Gras Indians Tribe. We chat about the history of Mardi Gras Indians, the impact of The Wild Magnolias and Bo Dollis Sr. in music and what we're all hopeful for with Mardi Gras 2022.
S2, Episode 3: The Music of Carnival
This episode, Rich acts as "Mardi Gras Beyond The Beads" musical director, and with Errol explores the music behind the greatest free show on Earth.
S2, Episode 2: COVID Carnival
In this episode, Errol Laborde and Rich Collins take a look at how the coronavirus has impacted Carnival in 2021 and what this means for the future of Carnival in New Orleans.
Season 2, Ep. 1: Carnival Around the World
It will be a different Carnival this year, not just in New Orleans but the world, as people are forced to wear different types of masks. Still, the traditions survive, if only in memory. Carnival expert Errol Laborde, with interviewer Rich Collins, discusses some of the major Carnival celebrations around the world. Learn about what we will be missing with hopes of better days ahead.
Episode 10: Carnival 2020 Wrap Up
In this episode, Rich and Errol look back at the good, bad and tragedy of Carnival 2020.
Episode 9: Carnival Balls and Extravaganzas + Lundi Gras and Carnival Foods
In this episode, Errol and Rich scale many topics from Carnival balls to the origin of Lundi Gras and wrap things up with the best Carnival foods!
Episode 8: Masking, Carnival in the Bywater + Marigny and Mardi Gras Day
In this episode, Errol and Rich discuss myriad things from the history of masking to Carnival parades in and around the Bywater and the Marigny.
Episode 7: The Emergence of Muses and New Walking Krewes
In this episode, Errol and Rich discuss the emergence of all female krewe Muses and takes a look at some of the walking krewes making a statement in modern Carnival.
Episode 6: The Police Strike and the Dorothy Mae Taylor Ordinance
Mardi Gras hasn't always been costumes and colorful floats; a few times politics got into the mix. In this episode, Rich and Errol discuss the police strike of 1979 and the Dorothy Mae Taylor Carnival Ordinance.
Episode 5: The Emergence of Zulu and the Mardi Gras Indians
In this episode, Errol discusses the impact of Zulu on New Orleans Mardi Gras and the origins of the Mardi Gras Indians.
Episode 4: The Emergence of Bacchus and Super Krewes
In this episode, Errol and Rich discuss the term "super krewe" and the parade that got it all started.
Episode 3: The 1872 Emergence of Rex, Plus Carnival's Anthem, Colors and Other Traditions
In this episode, Errol and Rich discuss the beginning of the Rex organization in 1872. In addition, they tackle the true meaning behind the Carnival colors, as well as the Carnival anthem "If Ever I Cease To Love."
Episode 2: Mardi Gras Coming To America, Settling in New Orleans
In this podcast, Errol and Rich discuss the travel of the Carnival and Mardi Gras celebrations to America, European and other big city influences and the settling of Carnival in New Orleans.
Episode 1: Carnival Before America
In episode one, Errol explains the origins of Carnival and the historical background of the celebration.