Happy Mardi Gras!

[Video Link] In honor of one of the great American holidays, we present to you an encore post of "Mardi Gras 1956: Through my father's lens," a Boing Boing Video episode originally published in 2010.

(Special thanks to Mar Doré, and Dr. M.X. Quetzalkanbalam)


  1. I dunno, the outfits as shown above have always reminded me of the Klan in fancy dress…

    1. The outfits predate the Klan by several hundred years. They’re worn by penitents who march in parades during holy week in southern Spain and have been since at least the 1500s. Do an image search for Semana Santa, and you’ll see huge parades of hooded parishioners marching through the streets of Seville. I wouldn’t assume Mardi Gras is echoing the Klan as much as New Orleans’ Catholic and Spanish heritage.

  2. Just wanted to point out the nice convergence of the still image from the vid and the recruitment poster in the story below…

    Happy Mardi Gras to one and all!

  3. I didn’t say they WERE the Klan, just that the outfits REMIND me of them.

    Still, nice to learn of the origin of the outfits.

  4. Watching with my daughter, we both noticed that there wasn’t a single overweight person in the footage. The ROTC marchers are soooo skinny. Times have changed.

  5. This is the internet! You’re not allowed to run re-runs here! I have a TV in my garage if I want to experience that again >:(


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