Mardi Gras Indian Hall of Fame Celebrates 16th Anniversary

The Mardi Gras Indian Hall of Fame is celebrating its 16th anniversary with a week’s worth of celebrations beginning August 10.

Mardi Gras Indian Hall of Fame Scribe Award

Mardi Gras Indian Hall of Fame "Scribe" Award by Cherice-Harrison Nelson

Hall of Fame Week kicks off with an introduction of this year’s honorees on Sunday, August 10, from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Congo Square.

The 2014 honorees include Big Chief Carl Reed, who will receive the Donald Harrison, Sr. Crystal Feather, Curator’s Choice Elder Statesman Award winner Alvin “Cream” Mutin, Sr., Peace Chief’s Choice Elder Statement honoree Herbert Gettridge, Queens Choice Crystal Feather Honoree Queen Wanda Womble.

Among other honorees, Al “Carnival Time” Johnson will receive the Music Heritage honor, Evelyn and Boogie Rodos will be receive the Outstanding Supporter honor, and longtime OffBeat contributor Geraldine Wyckoff will receive the Scribe Award, which OffBeat publisher Jan Ramsey received for her “Mojo Mouth” column in 2011.

Here are the rest of the week’s events:

Monday, August 11 – Blue Linen Monday@ Club Istanbul

Flag Boy and Gang Flag Photo Exhibition

6 – 8 pm

(Free and Open to the Public)

Wednesday, August 13 – Year of the Flag Boy and Gang Flag Yearbook Release and Book Signing

Community Book Center

5 – 7 pm

(Free and Open to the Public)

Friday, August 15 – Honors Breakfast hosted by Ashe

Ashe Cultural Arts Center

9 – 11 am

(2014 Honorees and Flag Boys and Gang Flags with RSVP)

Saturday, August 16 – Crystal Feather Honorees’ Reception

Basin St. Station

6 – 8 pm

By admission

$25.00 per person

Sunday, August 17

A Conversation with the Elders Facilitated by Roslyn J. Smith, Ph.D.

* Herbert Gettridge 93 years old (YPH), Flag Boy Isaac Edwards 91 years

(White Eagles), Joseph Jenkins 83 (Guardians of the Flame), and Alvin

Mutin, Sr. 81 (YPH) *

2 – 3 pm

16th Annual Mardi Gras Indian Hall of Fame Awards and Memorial Ceremony

Ashe Cultural Arts Center

3 – 5 pm

(Free and Open to the Public)

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