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Glanton's Guide to African-American New York.

What brings out more than 1 million spectators, who fill 25,600 hotel rooms and consume more than 500,000 king cakes, and generates $487 million in revenue? It's one of the country's oldest and craziest celebrations: Mardi Gras. Countless parades, Dixieland bands, parties; dances, masquerade balls concerts characterize the 12 New Orleans festival. This yea celebration goes from Feb. 11 to 23.

The legendary Mardi Gras--which French for "Fat Tuesday"--is the actual single-day climax of the carnival season. Starting on a different day each year, Mardi Gras always take place 46 days before Easter. The New Orleans celebration of Mardi Gras originated in 1857 with a religious connection as a brief celebration before the penitential season of Lent. The entire town turns out in costume and parades through the streets partying until midnight, when Ash Wednesday is ushered in.

The masquerading groups of revelers or "krewes" each have their own parade, traveling different routes throughout the city. One of the oldest and the only African-American krewe is the Zulu, which has its own formal ball and parade. Their parade not only travels through the downtown area but through the city's black community as well, throwing trinkets, beads, medallion necklaces and aluminum coins called "doubloons" from its colorful floats.

For a schedule of events, contact the Greater New Orleans Tourist and Convention Commission at 504-566-5011.


There's a new, comprehensive and entertaining guidebook, Glanton's Guide to African-American New York. Written by 28-year-old native New Yorker Latrice Glanton, the 238-page guide maps out black New York with humor and insight. Not only does Glanton include information and critiques of the black New York mainstays, such as the Apollo Theatre, but includes less publicized sites like Frank Silvera's Writer's Workshop (located in Langston Hughes' former theater), which hosts film and music festivals, scene and poetry readings. The guidebook also covers nightclubs, museums, art galleries, shops and more, that are owned by or cater to African-Americans. For a copy, send a check or money order for $16.95 plus $2 for postage and handling to AlphaBooks, 500 Lexington Ave., Suite 932, New York, NY 10163.
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Author:Brown, Ann
Publication:Black Enterprise
Article Type:Book Review
Date:Feb 1, 1993
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