Cajun Women and Mardi Gras
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Cajun Women and Mardi Gras

Reading the Rules Backward

Carolyn E. Ware

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Cajun Women and Mardi Gras

Reading the Rules Backward

Carolyn E. Ware

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Cajun Women and Mardi Gras is the first book to explore the importance of women's contributions to the country Cajun Mardi Gras tradition, or Mardi Gras "run." Most Mardi Gras runs--masked begging processions through the countryside, led by unmasked capitaines--have customarily excluded women. Male organizers explain that this rule protects not only the tradition's integrity but also women themselves from the event's rowdy, often drunken, play.
Throughout the past twentieth century, and especially in the past fifty years, women in some prairie communities have insisted on taking more active and public roles in the festivities. Carolyn E. Ware traces the history of women's participation as it has expanded from supportive roles as cooks and costume makers to increasingly public performances as Mardi Gras clowns and (in at least one community) capitaines. Drawing on more than a decade of fieldwork interviews and observation in Mardi Gras communities, Ware focuses on the festive actions in Tee Mamou and Basile to reveal how women are reshaping the celebration as creative artists and innovative performers.

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Table of contents

  1. Cover Page
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright Page
  4. Dedication Page
  5. Contents
  6. Acknowledgments
  7. Introduction: Les Mardi Gras Come but Once a Year
  8. 1 Just Like Cinderella: Women’s Traditional Mardi Gras Roles
  9. 2 Not Just the Work: Cajun Women’s Masking Traditions
  10. 3 Organizing Mayhem: Country Mardi Gras Associations
  11. 4 All’s Fair in Love and Mardi Gras: The Tee Mamou Women’s Run
  12. 5 Letting It Fly: The Basile Run
  13. 6 Festive Reversals: Inversion, Intensification, and Coding
  14. Epilogue: Women’s Everyday Lives and Mardi Gras
  15. Notes
  16. Bibliography
  17. Index
Citation styles for Cajun Women and Mardi Gras

APA 6 Citation

Ware, C. (2024). Cajun Women and Mardi Gras ([edition unavailable]). University of Illinois Press. Retrieved from (Original work published 2024)

Chicago Citation

Ware, Carolyn. (2024) 2024. Cajun Women and Mardi Gras. [Edition unavailable]. University of Illinois Press.

Harvard Citation

Ware, C. (2024) Cajun Women and Mardi Gras. [edition unavailable]. University of Illinois Press. Available at: (Accessed: 20 June 2024).

MLA 7 Citation

Ware, Carolyn. Cajun Women and Mardi Gras. [edition unavailable]. University of Illinois Press, 2024. Web. 20 June 2024.