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Mardi Gras: Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler!: Films
Welcome to the Mardi Gras LibGuide. While this guide will provide you with a number of information sources for your enjoyment of Mardi Gras, as celebrated both in New Orleans and Mobile, it can also lead you to more scholarly resources on the topic.
Film can be an excellent resource for your research.Our library’s film collection covers a wide
range of topics.Borrowing from our film collection is
restricted to Huntingdon students, faculty and staff.When searching for films in Countess, the
online catalogue, you can limit your search results to only films by clicking on “Videos” in
the “Limit To:” box.
Snedeker comes from a family with a long history of membership in some of New Orleans' oldest Mardi Gras organizations. Several members of her family have been Mardi Gras queens. Shedeker takes us where no one else has and few others could to see what lies beyond the beads and sequins.
Documentary film maker David Redmon takes the viewer to a factory in China where those colorful beads everyone covets at Mardi Gras are made. THE NEW YORK TIMES called this Sundance Film Festival documentary "A startling look at both the effects of globalization and at a dramatic cultural divide, the film contrasts the lives of the Chinese, hard workers who are forced to make serious sacrifices at very young ages, with indulgent Americans intent on having a good time and seemingly at ease with their lack of awareness. With any luck, this film will manage to open a few closed eyes (or minds)."
"The first Mardi Gras in America was celebrated in Mobile, Alabama in 1703. In 2007, the Mobile Carnival Association (MCA)--an all-white organization--and the Mobile Area Mardi Gras Association (MAMGA)--an all-black organization--select their own separate king, queen, and royal court to represent the city. This lively and revealing portrait of life in the New South examines how blacks and whites coexist peaceably enough but rarely interact, are segregated economically and geographically with a rigor that rivals apartheid South Africa, and inhabit a city imprisoned by tradition and enraptured by the past."
THE ORDER OF MYTHS documentary
The Moon Pie
Trivia: According to legend, the Moon Pie was created in 1917, by a bakery in Chattanooga to give coal miners a snack that was both filling and could fit in their lunch pails. Workers back at the bakery were noticed eating graham cookies dipped in marshmallow. Another type of cookie was added and the entire thing then covered in chocolate, thus giving us the Moon Pie ("moon" because one of the coal miners, in describing the ideal size for the new snack, held his hands up toward the early evening sky, and encircling the moon, demonstrated what would be the perfect size).
Later, mystic societies in Mobile decided that throwing Moon Pies were safer than the traditional boxes of Cracker Jack's, making the Moon Pie a Mardi Gras tradition..