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Portrait of a creative space : Red Beans Parade "Studio"

Mardi Gras brings out the artist in all of us. Need proof? Go to Seal’s Class Act bar in the 7th Ward on a Monday night a few weeks before Lundi Gras. There, you’ll find “Beaners” feverishly working on their Red Bean costumes. Armed with glue guns, krewe members attach beans - all kinds of beans, red, navy, black, chickpeas and black eyed peas to jackets, hats, pants, boots and bras. It’s like a Southern (and slightly more adult) version of Santa’s workshop. The mosaic-like creations include celebrities, animals, abstract designs, politicians, parodies and puns. As Jerry Lee Lewis might say, “There’s a whole lotta shakin’ goin on!”

And, it almost goes without saying, Seal’s serves red beans and rice; and, Camellia Brand is one of the krewe’s sponsors.


The Red Beans Parade rolls (ricely) on Lundi Gras at 2:00 PM. It starts at the Marigny Opera House on St. Ferdinand Street and winds its way to the Backstreet Cultural Museum in Treme. For more information, go to http://www.redbeansparade.com





Folwell Dunbar is a New Orleans educator, artist and survivor of many things, from roaches to German U-boats and heartbreak. He is putting together a collection of these short stories and survival tales called He Falls Well (his name is pronounced “fall well”). NolaVie is honored to preview some of those stories here. Email him at fldunbar@me.com.