While the Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club is always an important part of Mardi Gras in New Orleans, this year they are getting special attention. The Zulus are celebrating their centennial this year. Their history is featured in a major a major exhibit at the Louisiana State Museum and both local and national media has picked up on the significance of this year’s celebration.
On Tuesday, the Times-Picayune ran a great story on the Zulu tradition of decorating coconuts to serve as “throws” during the parade and today, the New York Times ran a wonderful story accompanied by a slide show of photographs from the celebration.
Beyond the Zulus, Mardi Gras events are really heating up, but articles, photographs, and media at http://www.nola.com/ will give you a good sense, for better or for worse, of what you are missing.