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Carnaval Noir Nouvelle Orleans Closing Reception

Please join us Wednesday, May 7, at 6 p.m. as we celebrate the closing of Carnaval Noir Nouvelle Orleans at the McKenna Museum, 2003 Carondelet St. Members of various Mardi Gras Indian Tribes and the Free Agents Brass Band will perform.

Come and witness the artistry and visually stimulating customs and traditions as expressed by African Americans in the city of New Orleans throughout the carnival season and on Mardi Gras day. The exhibition explores and brings together the costumes and photographs of various Mardi Gras Indian tribes, Skull and Bone gangs and the Baby Dolls. The regalia and photographic images of members of the court of the Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club, Inc., the Tramps, and the Walking Warriors are on display. As well as the ceremonial dress of queens of the Original Illinois and Young Men of Illinois Clubs. The works of visual artists Charles Simms, Jr., Richard Thomas, Paul R. Boudreaux, Ivan B. Watkins and Charlie Johnson; folk artists Ashton Ramsey, Rene Pierre and Margaret Chopin and photographers, Pat Jolly, Eric Waters are also featured.

The exhibit is on view at the George and Leah McKenna Museum of African American Art through May 10.