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Lecture: The Baby Dolls of New Orleans
March 13 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Hidden from the tourists who view parades on New Orleans’ main streets, the Baby Doll maskers started as friends and neighbors who dressed up to entertain neighborhoods on Mardi Gras day during the Jim Crow era. Through their songs and dances that parodied and satirized social customs, they gained notoriety to eventually became an expected part of African American Mardi Gras. As one of the first women’s street masking groups in the United States, the Baby Dolls today continue their practice as a living art form.
The lecture will take place in Doty Recital Hall, and is free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Center for Integrative Learning.