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Zulu Mardi Gras Parade

The Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club’s parade rolls on Mardi Gras in the morning. Most of the organization’s members are African American; the blackface makeup they apply for the parade is said to have originated as a satirical statement about racial prejudice. Decorated coconuts such as the one held by the Zulu member here are among the most sought-after New Orleans Mardi Gras parade “throws.”

Zulu Mardi Gras Parade

Courtesy of Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division

Zulu Mardi Gras Parade. Highsmith, Carol M (photographer)

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