Mardi Gras Carnival Art / February 21, 2019 / Eve Callahan
I m still working off that hangover. Winding Down With Rex and Comus After all the revelry of the Carnival season and the events leading up to it Mardi Gras night has become a sacred "restful" institution in my house. Like a runner who has passed the finish line of a massive marathon I offer those weary exhausted souls one last hoorah before Ash Wednesday begins. With a huge pot of red beans and rice multiple boxes of Popeye s Chicken ("Ain t no pawty like a popeyes pawty y all") and the last remaining crumbs of king cake my "tribe" gathers at 7pm on Mardi Gras night for the viewing of The Rex/Comus Ball on WYES. (*details of the Rex/Comus drinking game will not be discussed in this article. Thanks ~Mr. Credo).
He is most widely known as "The Head Nut In Charge"/guitarist of the very popular New Orleans cover band The Mixed Nuts themixednuts - a group he began in high school almost fifteen years ago. Chuck also performs regularly with Amanda Shaw Rockin Dopsie Jr. Newsflash: The Huey Lewis Experience The Hot Shots: The Ultimate Movie Soundtrack Band and The Topcats... as well as his solo performances and his all-blues project - The Credo Blues Society. Chuck has worked for years as a studio session musician performing on records with Theresa Anderson The Subdudes Gary Hirstius and many more.
Behind the band come six "strong men" from the village often the tradition of carrying the torch or flambeaux is passed from father to son as the elder gets on in years. They sometimes have a helper walking beside them just in case. It s a hard and difficult job. The torches are similar in length to a caber and have been soaked for many months to ensure they stay alight. The flambeaux are then followed by many floats in which the local inhabitants deck both the float and themselves out in a variety of colours and costumes. Many are topical political statements. The more whisky that s handed around the waiting crowd the funnier they seem.