Mardi Gras Indians Celebrate Super Sunday

Mardi Gras Indians celebrate the annual “Super Sunday” event held annually on the Sunday closest to St. Joseph’s Day in New Orleans.
Mardi Gras Indians celebrate the annual “Super Sunday” event held annually on the Sunday closest to St. Joseph’s Day in New Orleans. WBEZ
Mardi Gras Indians celebrate the annual “Super Sunday” event held annually on the Sunday closest to St. Joseph’s Day in New Orleans.
Mardi Gras Indians celebrate the annual “Super Sunday” event held annually on the Sunday closest to St. Joseph’s Day in New Orleans. WBEZ

Mardi Gras Indians Celebrate Super Sunday

Mardi Gras Indians, or Black Indians, are African Americans who dress in bright feathered costumes known as “suits.” They’re seen all over New Orleans at festivals, concerts and of course during Mardi Gras.

But their big holiday is what’s known as “Super Sunday.” That’s when tribes throughout the city come out of their neighborhoods, march through the streets and gather for what’s called “a showdown to see who’s the prettiest.”

We’ll get the history behind the celebration from WBEZ’s Yolanda Perdomo.