New Orleans Mardi Gras Walking Clubs February 28, 2017

 "Walking Clubs" appear on Mardi Gras Day in New Orleans about 7:00 am.  They march in the Uptown area and then turn onto  St. Charles Avenue and proceed downtown. These are predominantly white male organizations. The Jefferson City Buzzards (named for a section of Uptown once called Jefferson City) began in 1890 and the Lyons Carnival Club began in 1946.

Photographs of Countercultural Celebrations in Northern New Mexico

For the past five years, I have been working on Irwin Klein’s photographs of the Sixties counterculture in northern New Mexico. Klein made several visits to northern New Mexico between 1966 and 1972, spending a few months at a time, documenting the scene in Rio Arriba, Taos, and Mora counties, before returning to New York City where he lived.

Five Mountains Festival in Central Java

Moveable Feast

Five Mountains Festival (Festival Lima Gunung) is an annual festival held in Magelang Regency, Central Java, Indonesia. The name refers to five actual mountains (four of which are active or dormant volcanoes) situated in and around Magelang Regency – Merapi, Merbabu, Sindoro, Sumbing and Andong. But such a unique geography isn’t the only hallmark of the area, it is also reach in traditional arts and culture. Five Mountains Festival has been organized since 2002 by the cognominal community.

Photographs of Countercultural Celebrations in Northern New Mexico

Readers of H-West may enjoy Benjamin Klein's recent photo essay "Photographs of Countercultural Celebrations in Northern New Mexico." It is posted on H-Celebration and describes, with photos, the wedding and Fourth of July celebrations of The Hog Farm and other 1960's American countercultural communities in New Mexico.

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