Mardi Gras Indians hit the streets

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- For at least a century and a half, the Mardi Gras Indians have taken to the street of the Crescent City engaging in contests of dancing, sewing and singing between rival tribes or
Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- For at least a century and a half, the Mardi Gras Indians have taken to the street of the Crescent City engaging in contests of dancing, sewing and singing between rival tribes or "gangs." The colorful cultural practice was on vivid display Uptown Tuesday. Big Chief Irvin Scott of the Buffalo Hunters opens up the crowd on Dryades Street as his group traveled through Uptown.

For at least a century and a half, the Mardi Gras Indians have taken to the streets of the Crescent City, engaging in contests of dancing, sewing and singing between rival tribes or “gangs.” The colorful cultural practice was on vivid display Uptown on Tuesday.