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Whilst we know New Orleans’ Mardi Gras as a festival full of outrageous costumes, impressive food, and eccentric music, it is certainly more than what meets the eye.

By Priyanka Shankar

screen-shot-2017-02-07-at-11-32-30-pm The performers ready to flaunt their costumes. © Wild West Creole Mardi Gras Indians

Colourful beads, strings of dental floss, and a radio playing a tune called Indian Reid surround Horace Anderson as he sits on his porch, sewing a costume for Mardi Gras day.

He wanted to look the “prettiest” while parading down the streets of New Orleans for Southern Louisiana’s biggest carnival, Mardi Gras, before the start of the Lenten season.

Mr. Anderson, 42 years, is a native of New Orleans. He lives with his wife and two sons, working two jobs a day. But his real calling in life has always been that of a “Mardi Gras Indian.”

Mysterious but colourful and culturally rich, the Mardi…

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