A Harlem Marching Band Celebrates Its Roots

Hyper Allergic reports that marching bands are joyous sights to behold, whether while watching them process down a football field or a decked-out street during Mardi Gras. Continue Reading →

Harlem’s Jessie Waddell, Founder Of The West Indian Carnival, NY 1920’s

westindianparade_then in harlemMany slaves brought the tradition of African outdoor ceremonies to the Caribbean. However, once enslaved, they were prohibited from holding public celebrations despite their slaveholders’ engagement in street parades like Mardi Gras. Continue Reading →