POSTED: Saturday, July 28, 2012 - 4:30pm
UPDATED: Saturday, July 28, 2012 - 4:34pm
New Orleans, La — The Mardi Gras Indian Hall of Fame, which began at Oretha Castle Haley Elementary School in 1999, is an extension of the in-school curriculum developed by then-Haley faculty member Cherice Harrison-Nelson, Big Queen of the Guardians of the Flame Mardi Gras Indians. She established a program to teach Haley students to appreciate their Mardi Gras Indian culture and to learn from the traditions of the New Orleans Mardi Gras Indians.
The event will take place on Sunday, July 29, 2012 at the Ashe Cultural Arts Center, 1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., in New Orleans from 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
The annual Hall of Fame program highlights the role of Big Chiefs--and all Mardi Gras Indians as well as those who support the tradition. Former Haley principal Dr. Roslyn J. Smith, who developed the idea of the ceremony, said that "the Big Chiefs are community leaders, and in many ways they are social warriors, struggling to preserve traditions of beauty in the community while working to make the communities better places."
For additional information please call, 504-214-6630