Thursday, August 20, 2015

The Big Chief, Wesley



This is a guy named Wesley, one of the Mardi Gras chiefs. He meticulously sews his costume over the course of a year, and when it isn't festival time, he hits the streets for a little income, just like musicians do. He earned the modest money we tipped him in exchange for this photo. He made our trip, really. Wesley was most gracious, and thanked us for coming all the way from Boston to visit his town. The pleasure was all ours, we assured him. He also mentioned he's been featured in documentaries about his culture. I'll keep an eye out.

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