Carnival Noire written by Rene Jean-Pierre sparked my interest in his great book about how everything began and how African Americans were not allowed to be in Mardi Gras parade until the early 60’s, however that didn’t stop African american people celebrating in their own way on Orleans Avenue which was the first celebrations of Black parades, second lines and krewes.
I have celebrated along with my college classmate Inez Chopfield-Pierre and I thought..this is nothing like I have seen on TV at all. Orleans Avenue is to bring to the forefront what Black Mardi Gras means to the burgeoning people of New Orleans and the great stories that come along with Africans on this continent.
This trailer is to begin the project to tell all of the stories of the Black artists that create the floats, Black Indians, Second lines and other rituals that go along with Mardi Gras day in the African American community.
I am sending this to Women Make Movies, IFC and others who can do a non profit fiscal sponsorship to apply for grants to finish the film. Please tell those who would be interested. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Laissez Bon temps roulez!!