19 episodes

New Orleans Magazine editor in chief Errol Laborde and cohost Rich Collins dive into the history, tradition and modern celebration of New Orleans Carnival.

Mardi Gras Beyond The Beads New Orleans Magazine

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    • 4.8 • 19 Ratings

New Orleans Magazine editor in chief Errol Laborde and cohost Rich Collins dive into the history, tradition and modern celebration of New Orleans Carnival.

    S2, Episode 9: Top Moments in Carnival History

    S2, Episode 9: Top Moments in Carnival History

    Errol and Rich discuss a few of the top moments in Carnival history - from the 1600s to COVID Carnival 2021. Stay tuned to the end for a new type of Carnival music. 

    • 1 hr
    S2, Episode 8: The Pussyfooters Party with a Purpose

    S2, Episode 8: The Pussyfooters Party with a Purpose

    Take a trip down the Pussyfooter's parade route with Laura Cayouette, actress and long-time member of the dance krewe. We'll dance our way through the importance of the female dance krewes, how they "party with a purpose" and some surprising facts about Laura! 

    • 49 min
    S2, Episode 7: Krewe du Vieux

    S2, Episode 7: Krewe du Vieux

    Krewe du Vieux has been making merry in New Orleans for many years. This year, they have adapted to COVID in typically tasteless fashion. 

    • 36 min
    S2, Episode 6: The History and Current Status of LGBTQ+ Mardi Gras

    S2, Episode 6: The History and Current Status of LGBTQ+ Mardi Gras

    In this two-part episode, we discuss the history and current state of LGBTQ+ Mardi Gras in New Orleans. First, Roberts Batson and Errol Laborde discuss the founding of gay Carnival balls in the city and some of the struggles the community had to endure in the 1960s, '70s and '80s. Then, Rich Collins chats with Tony Leggio about all the costumes, events and pageantry that are a big part of the contemporary LGBTQ+ Carnival season.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    S2, Episode 5: A Little Risqué Carnival

    S2, Episode 5: A Little Risqué Carnival

    From the woman who claims to be the first flasher for Mardi Gras beads to Pagan times and practices, this episode we discuss the risqué side of Carnival. 

    • 24 min
    S2, Episode 4: Bo Dollis Jr. and the Mardi Gras Indians

    S2, Episode 4: Bo Dollis Jr. and the Mardi Gras Indians

    In episode 4, Rich and Errol interview Bo Dollis Jr. of The Wild Magnolias Mardi Gras Indians Tribe. We chat about the history of Mardi Gras Indians, the impact of The Wild Magnolias and Bo Dollis Sr. in music and what we're all hopeful for with Mardi Gras 2022. 

    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
19 Ratings

19 Ratings

LeePilleteri ,

Love it!

Living in Birmingham, Alabama and riding in a New Orleans Krewe (Hail Thoth!) this podcast is absolutely amazing and keeps me in the Mardi Gras spirit while still being hundreds of miles away! It’s also made the cancellation of 2021 parades a lot easier getting to listen each week and learn more and more about the history of my favorite holiday season!

bbirdwell84 ,

Fix the sound!

Great podcast lots of interesting history and insight. Some episodes have just terrible sound quality. Check your sound set up dude! Example season 2 episode 2 is unlistenable. Errol is so low you can’t hear him and the interviewer is super loud, I about blew up my car speakers.

i❤HK ,

Laissez les Bon Temps Rouler 🥳

Being originally from Baton Rouge, this lets me get my fix of NOLA!
I love it!

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