Spirit of Parading
Julie DeVita tells how she learned about New Orleans parading culture and her experiences performing with the marching group Gris Gris Strut. DeVita compares the non-interactive parades from her home of New York City to the participatory and collaborative parading traditions of New Orleans. From her perspective as a new member of Gris Gris Strut, DeVita gives visceral first-person descriptions of parade performance. Chris Nicotera—musican, teacher, and long-time member of Gris Gris Strut—tells DeVita about the history and customs of independent New Orleans krewes and marching groups.
Neighborhood Story Project
Mardi Gras; Carnival; Parading; Gris Gris Strut; Marching Bands; Performance; Music
New Orleans, Louisiana; New York City, New York
Social and Cultural Anthropology
DeVita, Julie. “Spirit of Parading.” A Guide to South Louisiana: Stories of Uncommon Culture, edited by Rachel Breunlin, Neighborhood Story Project, 2017.
The ethnographies in Guide to South Louisiana were created by students in Rachel Breunlin’s “Storytelling and Culture” course for the Department of Anthropology at the University of New Orleans in the Spring of 2017.