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““““““`Zulu’s Social Aid and Pleasure Club, New Orleans Mardi Gras


Nobody who’s ever been to Mardi Gras in New Orleans forgets seeing the Zulu parade on Mardi Gras morning.  Elaborate floats carry men dressed in tribal attire, like grass skirts, and wearing colorful warrior makeup, who throw prized gilded coconuts and other trinkets to the crowds.  It’s a wild sight on a wild day.  Like all of New Orleans Mardi Gras traditions, it has deep social and historical underpinnings that go back a ways.  As they say, it’s complicated.


The Zulu Social Aid & Pleasure Club became an incorporated group on September 20, 1916, but the group began even earlier, as a Benevolent Aid Society that collected small dues from members and helped them out when they became sick, or buried them when they died. It was a New Orleans insurance system for African-Americans that has given rise to numerous marching groups and second-line parades to this day, originating from each “ward” or neighborhood in New Orleans.


According to Zulu Social Aid & Pleasure Club’s website, www.kreweofzulu.com/ “The Tramps,” a troop of laborers, most of whom were members of the Benevolent Aid Society, attended the Pythian Theater to see a performance by the group Smart Set in early 1909.  Included in the comedy was a skit titled, “There Never was and Never Will Be a King Like Me,” about the Zulu tribe in Africa. After the play, The Tramps went to their meeting place in the back of a bar in the 1100 block of Perdido Street (now near City Hall and the Civil District Courthouse), and came out-Zulus!  Since they couldn’t be members of the all-white, and rather stuffy, Rex, black Zulu members started their own club.

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Commander’s Palace: A New Orleans Classic!

Commanders Palace
New Orleans is home to some of the most original and well known restaurants in the world.  Commander’s Palace stands out as a “must do.”  Experience the graciousness of a bygone era. This is dining at its finest with impeccable service and mouth watering classic Creole dishes.   Located in the heart of the Garden  District this culinary tradition is run by  the world famous Brennan family, a powerhouse of culinary culture and success .  They Many famous chefs, including Emeril, have gotten their start at this legendary restaurant.

Commander’s Palace was the first restaurant to bring the wonderful and unique tradition of the Jazz Brunch to New Orleans.  Jazz Brunch is world- renowned and an unforgettable experience.

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Mardi Gras King Cake – A Rich Tradition




Here in New Orleans we don’t refer to this time of the year as winter, we refer to it as Mardi Gras and King Cake time. This sticky pastry cake is one of the best known, symbols of  Mardi Gras and New Orleans. The origin of the king cake goes back to the 1800′s and is an interesting read. My history of this king cake dates back to grade school days. The beginning of carnival was marked by the first king cake party. Who ever got the baby had to have the next party that following weekend. Imagine a party guaranteed for months and paid for by your parents. If I recall, there were also spin the bottle games at those parties!Back then there was only one type of cake, hand braided and  loaded with cinnamon and creamy white icing.

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