Updated Mar 18, 2024 - Things to Do

What to know about New Orleans Mardi Gras Indian Super Sunday 2024

Photo shows a Mardi Gras Indian in a suit with blue feathers

Third Chief Ghost of the Black Hawks Mardi Gras Indians is seen at 2nd and Dryades Street during Mardi Gras on February 13, 2024, in New Orleans. Photo: Erika Goldring/Getty Images

Mardi Gras Indians will emerge on Sunday — if it isn't raining — to show off their elaborately beaded and feathered suits at a free festival in Central City.

The big picture: Super Sunday was rescheduled from St. Patrick's Day due to rain and is now on March 24.

  • Various Mardi Gras Indian tribes and their big chiefs will attempt to out-dress, out-dance and outdo each other in a friendly competition, according to New Orleans & Co.

What's happening: The New Orleans Mardi Gras Indian Council is organizing several events all weekend, Michael Farley, assistant director of the council, tells Axios.

Gospel Extravaganza: This free event is Saturday is from 1 to 5pm in A.L. Davis Park.

Super Sunday Festival: This is the main event and starts at noon Sunday in A.L. Davis Park.

  • It will have two stages: one for Mardi Gras Indian struts (or parades) and the other for R&B performances.
  • The strut starts at 1pm at 2608 LaSalle Street, Farley said. There will be a block party at the same time in the 2800 block on LaSalle in front of the newly reopened Dew Drop Inn.
  • More than 40 vendors will have food and drinks for sale.

Flashback: St. Joseph's Day is intertwined with Super Sunday, according to New Orleans and Co., because St. Augustine Church in Tremé, a historically Black Catholic church, allowed Sicilians to worship at their church.

  • St. Joseph's Day is on Tuesday and is named after Joseph, the husband of the Virgin Mary and the earthly father to Jesus.
  • Catholics in New Orleans observe the day by creating altars laden with food to honor the relief St. Joseph provided during a drought in Sicily, the archdiocese says.
  • Sicilian immigrants brought the tradition to New Orleans when they settled here in the late 1800s.

Editor's note: This story was originally published March 15. It was updated March 18 with information about the rescheduled events.

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