by Red Cotton
Big Chief Daryl Montana discussing growing up in the Mardi Gras Indian tradition with his father, the Chief of Chiefs Allison ‘Tootie’ Montana.
This Sunday marks the 14th Annual Mardi Gras Indian Hall of Fame Memorial, Awards and Induction Ceremony. The annual Hall of Fame ceremony, which is free and open to the public, pays tribute to Big Chiefs, Mardi Gras Indians as well as those who support the tradition. Event founder Dr. Roslyn J. Smith likens the role of the Mardi Gras Indian chiefs in New Orleans to that of being "social warriors, struggling to preserve traditions of beauty in the community while working to make the communities better places."
The afternoon's ceremonies will conclude with a distribution of school supplies to children and blessings for the upcoming academic year.
Sunday, July 29th 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm Ashe Cultural Arts Center, 1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.
For additional information MardiGrasIndianHallOfFame.org or call 504-214-6630.
(list of award recipients below)
Big Chief Darryl Montana, Yellow Pocahontas
Big Queen Pauline "Ree" Johnson, Creole Wild West
Special Recognition Awards
Community Supporter Award
Luther Gray, Side-by-Side
Cultural Preservationist Award
Prince Divine Ty Enmecca
Legal Eagle Award
National Lawyers Guild Legal Observers
Capturing the Spirit Award
New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival for Mardi Gras Indian Pavilion
Capturing the Flash Photographers' Award
Vincent T. Sylvain, New Orleans Agenda
Cultural Documentation Award
John McCusker, New Orleans Times-Picayune
Katy Reckdahl, New Orleans Times-Picayune
Wesley Phillips, Spirit of Fi-Yi-Yi, Mandingo Warriors
It's A Family Affair Award
This year we recognize and celebrate the contributions of the McFadden, Dollis, Casby, and Banister families
Lifetime Achievement Award for Music
Lionel Paul "Uncle Lionel" Batiste (awarded prior to his death)