Surprise: Bipolar!

Mardi Gras and all that supports it is fascinating. It’s a big subject in my memoir and here it is again – 2020 Mardi Gras! However, one of my motivations in writing is to share my episodes with bipolar and the tension I experienced with mental illness and carnival customs. My first chapter opens with …

Women’s Movement of the 1960s and 1970s

After the Women’s Movement of the 1960s and 1970s, women’s Mardi Gras parades and dancing troupes proliferated. The oldest all-women’s krewe, the Krewe of Iris, was founded in 1917. In 1941 the Krewe of Venus became the first all-female krewe to parade. After the 1960s, many more women’s krewes formed—including Helios, Diana, Isis, Pandora, Cleopatra, Eve. I’m …