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The Wild Magnolias

The Wild Magnolias Among the many Mardi Gras "Indians" in New Orleans, The Wild Magnolias are well-known for their talent and flamboyance. Mardi Gras "Indians" are not, by the way, Native Americans. The Mardi Gras Indians are black working-class groups that are part secret and spiritual society and part neighborhood social club. Fifteen or so "tribes" parade on Mardi Gras Day, chanting, singing, and beating percussion instruments. They are costumed in elaborate handmade outfits that fancifully recall the dress of Native Americans, complete with feathers, ornate beadwork, and enormous headdresses.

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The Wild Magnolias feat. Big Chief Bo Dollis Jr. & Big Chief Monk Boudreaux 8/3/13: The Wild Magnolias feat. Big Chief Bo Dollis Jr. & Big Chief Monk Boudreaux

The Mardi Gras Indians perform a music program rooted in African and Native American tradition.

The Wild Magnolias feat. Big Chief Bo Dollis Jr. & Big Chief Monk Boudreaux

The Mardi Gras Indians perform a music program rooted in African and Native American tradition.
The Wild Magnolias 1/28/01: The Wild Magnolias

Among the many New Orleans Mardi Gras "Indians," The Wild Magnolias are well-known for their chanting, singing, Afro-Caribbean rhythms, and flamboyant costumes.

The Wild Magnolias

Among the many New Orleans Mardi Gras "Indians," The Wild Magnolias are well-known for their chanting, singing, Afro-Caribbean rhythms, and flamboyant costumes.

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