Mardi Gras Indians hit the streets

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.

ABOVE: Big Chief Irvin Scott, of the Buffalo Hunters, opens up the crowd on Dryades Street as his group traveled through Uptown.

LEFT: Kerry Lawless, spy boy with the Wild Magnolias, leads the group’s procession up Simon Bolivar Boulevard.

BELOW: Jerry Williams, spy boy with the Buffalo Hunters, races down Third Street in search of other Indians.