Royce Osborn.

Writer, Mardi Gras Indian Documentarian Royce Osborn Has Died

Writer and producer Royce Osborn has passed away after a career spent documenting the world around him, particularly his hometown of New Orleans.

Osborn spent his formative years in the seventh ward and went on to attend the American Film Institute for Advanced Film Studies, eventually producing his famous PBS documentary “All on a Mardi Gras Day” in 2003. The film explores the complexities of African American Mardi Gras traditions in New Orleans, including that of the Mardi Gras Indians. In 2017, he received the Capturing the Spirit honor from the Mardi Gras Indian Hall of Fame.

In addition to filmmaking, Osborn also served as a writer and a producer for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Image Awards since 1987 as well as an active member of the Northside Skull and Bone Gang since 2001.