Mardi Gras Indians’ Super Sunday Schedule

In Mardi Gras Indian lore, St. Joseph’s night was the only time other than Mardi Gras Day that the Mardi Gras Indians masked and walked through the streets in their bright-colored suits.

Mardi Gras Indian on Super Sunday. Photo by Alexei Kazantsev.

Mardi Gras Indian on Super Sunday. Photo by Alexei Kazantsev.

These days, there are other occasions for masking throughout the year, and St. Joseph’s is marked with a special festival on the closest Sunday—Super Sunday, when most of the Uptown-based Indian tribes don their Mardi Gras suits and meet at A.L. Davis Park (bounded by Washington, Lasalle, Third, and Freret).

The 2012 Super Sunday celebration is scheduled for Sunday, March 18. St. Joseph’s is the following day, Monday, March 19.

Musical performers throughout Super Sunday this year include the Hot 8 Brass Band, the Soul Rebels, the Troop Brass Band, Marcel Richardson, Big Al Carson, the B.R.W. Singing Group, Jo “Cool” Davis, DJ Captain Charles, and DJ Jubilee.

At 1 p.m., a procession of Mardi Gras Indians will loop through, leaving from and then finishing at A.L. Davis Park. The parade takes Lasalle Street downriver as it becomes Simon Bolivar Avenue, then turns left on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, upriver on Claiborne Avenue and finally, back to A.L. Davis Park on Washington Avenue.


See Kim Welsh’s photos from Super Sunday 2011

  • Jay

    Super Sunday is actually the Tambourine and Fan organization’s celebration downtown that begins on Orleans Avenue. The uptown event is referred to as “Indian Sunday” and is put on by the Mardi Gras Indian Council.

  • Stanfordbinet

     Jay…thanks for the distinction…do you know the schedules and routes for both parades on 3/18/12?

  • The Mardi Gras Indian Council actually refers to the event described above, which takes place uptown in A.L. Davis Park, as Super Sunday, not as “Indian Sunday”. Source is the Indian Council’s own press release they sent out with the information in this article.

  • Andy Margles

    I have only seen the Indian costuming on te tv show Treme and am interested in seeing in person, but I have a few questions: Where would be the best place to go to see this, along with all the musical groups listed? Is it safe for a middle age couple of tourists? What time should we go for the best experience.


  • Steve French

     Totally unsafe.  Steer clear or you’re likely to get scalped.

  • Dr. Tony Medlin

    See all my Indian friends tomorrow. “No Humba!!!” Andy, you’re in for a thrill if you’ve never been to see the Indians.