USA / 2003 / 60mins / Documentary / English
All on a Mardi Gras Day celebrates black Carnival in New Orleans in all its riotous, colorful and spiritual glory. Incorporating classic New Orleans music, previously-unseen photographs and film footage, and interviews with major Carnival players, the film explores African-Creole Carnival traditions. These celebrations date from colonial times, through Reconstruction and Jim Crow – and into the 21st century.
Royce Osborn was a New Orleans-born writer and producer. In 2003, he created the landmarked documentary All on a Mardi Gras Day, which explored New Orleans’ black carnival traditions in a historical context.