Like the rest of the country (world!), New Orleans recognizes the term Super Sunday as being the day of the Superbowl. However, we also have a designation that’s unique to us. It’s when the Mardi Gras Indians have their annual uptown congregation.
The date is designed to be the Sunday closest to St. Joseph’s Day, nominally the third Sunday in March. Ordinarily, that would have put the parade on this past Sunday but, because of the rain threat, it has been re-scheduled to March 23rd – this coming Sunday.
Recently, the Indian congregation has been at A.L. Davis Park uptown, with a parade route that cycles through Central City on LaSalle, Martin Luther King, South Claiborne, and Washington Avenue. There should be music in the park, probably before, after, and maybe during the parade. Nominal start time is noon.
If you want to experience more about Mardi Gras Indians and the culture, one of the best places is the Backstreet Cultural Museum in the Treme neighborhood. It’s a great folk museum run by Sylvester Francis and also features New Orleans’ Social, Aid, & Pleasure Clubs. New Orleans Music Tours’ Music Gumbo tour ends just a few blocks from the museum – great opportunity to swing by and immerse yourself in some uniquely New Orleans culture.