Recently at Borealia, Michael J. Davis wrote about how one family with roots in New France, as well as imperial politics, shaped the early history of New Orleans--this year celebrating its tercentennial. Here’s a taste of the essay:
"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.