Here in New Orleans, yesterday was Mardi Gras, the final day of a four week celebration of Pagan Gods and Catholic partying. I spend most of the day in the Marigny and the French Quarter, photographing the people and happenings there. I thought I'd post a few photos of Pagan/spiritual interest from my Mardi Gras wanderings. For full blog coverage of this year's Mardi Gras, please see my other blog, Kenny Klein Explains It All.
Anyone who reads my general blog, Kenny Klein Explains It All, knows that at this time of year I blog manically about Mardi Gras here in New Orleans. But on a day when there are no parades, parties or street orgies, like today, I thought I'd take a moment to talk about Mardi Gras and its Pagan history.
The Paganism behind Mardi Gras is evident in the names of the krewes, which are the societies that put on our parades: The Krewe Of Oshun; The Krewe Of Cleopatra; The Krewe Of Sparta; The Mystic Knights Of Adonis; The Krewe Of Thor; The Krewe Of Atlas; The Mystic Krewe Of Druids; The Mystic Krewe Of Nix; The Krewe Of Muses; The Knights Of Hermes; The Krewe Of Isis; The Krewe Of Zeus; The Krewe Of Hera; and of course The Krewe Of Bacchus. It is no coincidence that most of the nearly seventy parades of Mardi Gras are named for Pagan deities and cultures.