The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival had lots of Mardi Gras Indians this year! The practice helps honor the relationship between the African slaves and the local Indians during slavery. During Mardi Gras, the participants dress in outfits that take months to produce, weighing often 100 pounds or more, full of beaded scenes and feathers. They parade through the streets of New Orleans. In the old days, violence between the tribes was common, but now when they meet each other on the street, the competition is just to see who is the prettiest. That’s a tough competition! They are all so beautiful! I’m so glad they come to Jazz fest now.