is New Orleans. I really believe this. I believe that once you understand Carnival you understand New Orleans. I believe this because I am filled with anxiety each time it approaches. You must breath Carnival, you must eat Carnival – you must be Carnival. I am not ready for this yet (I may never be).
Sara Roahen does. I mean she cracked it (the city) and wrote a book about it. Her book “Gumbo Tales, Finding My Place at the New Orleans Table”, is a fantastic read and brings a lot of understanding to this city. She told me that for her Mardi Gras is about finding a way to make yourself happy. It’s hard she said, but people in New Orleans know how to make themselves happy. Its seems like such a simple concept, doesn’t it? For her making Gumbo Z’herbes, the Green Gumbo for family, friends, neighbors, fellow New Orleanians is what makes her happy.
So I went and followed her. To the market, to the butcher, to her kitchen. I took my camera. I shot only with my 35mm and decided to observe. Soak in. Listen. Understand.
I am still terrified of Carnival. But thinking of Sara and her gumbo makes me happy. That’s a start.
Iko Iko by The Dixie Cups