Mardi Gras Indians: A New Orleans tradition | CNN

Under a bright New Orleans sun, Mardi Gras Indians pose in their colorful costumes against equally colorful walls. They wear their feathers, headdresses and masks with a pride that spans decades.

It was their history, mythological and mysterious, that piqued the interest of French photographer Charles Freger. In 2014, Freger traveled to New Orleans to take a series of portraits of these costumed performers, who march annually in Mardi Gras parades.
Mardi Gras Indians are African-American revelers who wear costumes inspired by Native American ceremonial dress. Photographer Charles Freger took portraits of them and their elaborate costumes last year.


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