CULTURE HIGH AT JAZZ FEST

Cultural Exchange Pavilion is generally held in reserve for exhibits and performances by people from foreign nations with ethnicity that synchronizes with the Crescent City.

Haiti was sported in the year 2011. Mali, South Africa, Martinique and Brazil have all alternated in the spotlight.

This year the focus could not come any closer to home. The tent situated near Congo Square, will be the spot for gathering spot for tribes of New Orleans' own Mardi Gras Indian maskers, who will give festival goers a glance at the creative and harmonious customs behind their fabulous Carnival street pageantries.

Valerie Guillet who is Pavilion coordinator, said the timing was perfect to mark Mardi Gras Indians, not just due to their bright multicolored dressing up and wonderful music. Other conventional jubilations in the African Diaspora, has made the distinctively New Orleans norm well-known to a nationwide audience.

Mardi Gras Indians represent New Orleans as the St. Charles streetcar as well as the St. Louis Cathedral, but some details of their activity continue to be confidential at least to foreigners which are strange. Mardi Gras Indians have splendidly performed and rocked the stage on Jazz Festivals. They have flaunted the grounds ever since the occasion began in the year 1970, but in 2012 it is hoped that the fest will provide a thorough view for the public.

8 maskers will dwell in the pavilion over the 7 day festival course, stitching suits, fine beadwork, building crowns and providing answers for all questions. The festival's Mardi Gras Indian parades will stop in the Cultural Exchange Pavilion to execute on the parade songs. In all total, about representatives of thirty tribes will go through the pavilion while the fest is on full swing.