Cane River National Heritage Area Inc. (CRNHA), will host a lecture entitled, “From Old World to New World: Louisiana and the Carnival Tradition of Mardi Gras” Saturday, Feb. 29 at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Grand Ecore Visitor Center.
Professor Cheryl White, Professor of History at Louisiana State University at Shreveport, will explore the European genesis and the New World’s evolution of the celebration of Mardi Gras. “Many live and breathe the unique Mardi Gras culture we have in Louisiana and Professor White will shed light on how ‘Laissez les bons temps rouler’ became our region’s motto.” said CRNHA Heritage Ranger Michael Mumaugh.
The presentation and Q&A will be approximately an hour and a half at the Grand Ecore Visitor Center from 10-11:30 a.m. Locals are invited to participate in the conversation by bringing photos, memories and traditions of Mardi Gras’s past. The lecture is free and open to the public. Copies of Dr. White’s books, “Louisiana’s Fighting Bishop: General Leonidas Polk” and “A Haunted History of Louisiana Plantations” will be available for purchase and signing. Coffee and light snacks will be provided. For questions, contact Michael Mumaugh at (318) 356-5555.