The holiday of Mardi Gras is celebrated in New Orleans, Louisiana, although
celebrations are ..... It is a tradition, when the flambeau carriers pass by during a
parade, to toss quarters to them in ...
Lighting up the sky with heavy blazing torches, the flambeaux carrier originally
served as a beacon for parade-goers to better enjoy the spectacle of night ...
Feb 2, 2012 ... The flambeaux carriers would make their way down the streets beside the floats,
their fiery lights reflected in the branches of the live oaks ...
Flambeaux originated a century and a half ago to light the floats in night parades.
Indeed, the first Flambeaux carriers were slaves and free men of color, that ...
Feb 13, 2013 ... So non-traditional carriers (meaning whites and latinos) were in demand. Today
you still see mostly black flambeau carriers with a smattering of ...
As Mardi Gras pre-dates the invention of electric street lighting, flambeau carriers
have been illuminating the path for organized parades since their inception.
Flambeaux: It's a Mardi Gras tradition that has become revered as an art form ...
on metal trays and long poles to prevent the flames from burning the carriers.
Mar 3, 2003 ... The flambeau carriers were once the only illumination for the elegant night
parades. The flambeaux circled the mule-drawn floats with fire and ...
The Mardi Gras tradition of flambeau carriers lighting the way for parades is the
inspiration for our ... The tradition of “flambeaux” is a true Louisiana creation.
Flambeau carriers bear a heavy burden these days. Historically they've
predominantly been black males and their dancing antics carry an unwelcome