Mardi Gras, about 70 years ago, New Orleans LA.

Amateur (silent) film from the Prelinger Archives: New Orleans Carnival Week, February 22, 1941. Mardi Gras this year is tomorrow, Tuesday February 24, 2009.


  1. Wow, they could use more fun back then. In my head, they sure had a lot more jazz in Mardi Gras from 41. But maybe there was, in another part of town. Anyway, I’ll stick to my delusional misconception, as it seems so much better.

    So, Mardi Gras is tomorrow? Here in Brazil we’re having Carnaval too!

  2. #1Boeotian,

    I send you greetings. N.O. and Rio don’t compare. You’re all WIN. Go get you some Samba, man!

  3. #6Buddy66,

    Oh I’m getting it, as much as I can, trust me! Plenty of sun, samba, beer, women and fun around here since Saturday, which is the official 1st day of Carnaval here (but actually, it starts way before that!). Man, sometimes I love to live in Rio.

    I’ll have one for you, Cheers!

  4. Looking at happy images of any date in 1941, before Dec. 7th, always leaves me wondering, how many of those men will soon be dead or carrying their brother home.

  5. two comments above hint at the reality of the day (‘black and white’ and ‘must be in another part of town where the fun is’)… I looked closely, and these folks all seem white and well dressed, so most probably the fun starts farther down the parade, where the people with rhythm are (except for that kid in white leading the band – he’s king of his own reality)

  6. There are no titties or drunken debauchery because it’s a children’s parade! Louisiana does have standards… low as they may be, we still have them.

  7. Gtron: It’s called the Second Line. It’s where the “Indians” are, and they often sing something like:

    “Takin’ ’bout hey now, hey now

    Iko iko an de’

    Jackomo fe no anan e’ , Jackomo fe nan e’ ”

    (Lyrics from “Iko! Iko!” by The Dixie Cups)

  8. Something’s wrong with the sound – I pumped the volume all the way, but still didn’t hear “Yakety Sax.”

  9. Opinions are worse get 3 people in a room and there will be 4 opinions. Here’s mine – They had some sense of morals back then. Very little if any today.

    Todd Charske

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