Carnival Knowledge: Monk Boudreaux, Southern France, Coney Island Mermaid Parade


February 22nd, 2017 ~ For our annual pre-Lenten bacchanal, we bring you classic Mardi Gras songs from the Crescent City and beyond. We travel to Nice, France - grand city on the Cote d'Azure - for a float parade that parodies American fast food assembly lines and French political scandals as stinky as local cheese; from there, on to the vintners village of Limoux, where free glasses of blanchette are never empty. We end our journey in Coney Island NY, where we hear of carnivalesque revelry at America's great amusement park by the sea and walk with the fishes in the Mermaid Parade. Finally, New Orleans' own Monk Boudreaux walks us through the sites and sounds of Mardi Gras Day. Big Chief of the Golden Eagles Mardi Gras Indian tribe, Boudreaux has sewed suits, performed music with the Wild Magnolias and masked on Mardi Gras for over 50 years.

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  • Open Bed: Seven-Ay Pocky Way Jason Marsalis
    Music in Motion, Basin Street
  • Go to the Mardi Gras Professor Longhair
    Mardi Gras in New Orleans, Mardi Gras
  • Goin Back to New Orleans Loe Liggins and the Honeydrippers
    Creole Kings of New Orleans , Specialty
  • Carnival Time Al Johnson
    Mardi Gras in New Orleans, Mardi Gras
  • Meet de Boys on de Battle Front The Wild Tchoupitoulas
    Wild Tchoupitoulas , Mango
  • New Suit The Wild Magnolias
    Mardi Gras in New Orleans, Mardi Gras
  • Instrumental: (Somebody Got) Soul, Soul, Soul The Wild Magnolias
    The Wild Magnolias , Polydor
  • SEGMENT: Monk Boudreaux
  • Hiko Hiko Donald Harrison
    Indian Blues, Candid
  • Quadrille Figure Six Blinky and the Road Masters
    Crucian Scratch Band Music, Rounder
  • Instrumental: Masquerade George Michael, Fred William, Gustin Louis, Wilkinson Girard
    Musical Traditions of St. Lucia, West Indies, Folkways
  • Mardi Gras Coteau
    Highly Seasoned Cajun Music, Rounder
  • SEGMENT: Carnival in Nice and Limoux, France
  • End Bed: Walking Home Donald Harrison and Dr. John
    Indian Blues, Candid
  • Open Bed: Cyclone Johnny and the Hurricanes
    The Best of Johnny & the Hurricanes Vol. 2, Drew's Entertainment
  • Open Bed: Love Roller Coaster Ohio Players
    Honey, Mercury
  • Life is a Carnival (live) The Band
    The Last Waltz, Rhino
  • Coney Island (live) Al Jolson
    Live in '35!, Mastercorp Pty Ltd
  • Coney Island Washboard Swift Jewel Cowboys
    Western Swing and Country Jazz, JSP
  • SEGMENT: Philomena Marano
  • Love Roller Coaster Big Joe Turner
    The Definitive Blues Collection, Atlantic
  • CLIP: Nick on Wonderwheel
  • Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite! The Beatles
    Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, EMI
  • Instrumental: Twelfth Street Rag Verne Langdon
    Circus Clown Calliope! Vols. 1-2, Electric Lemon
  • SEGMENT: Philomena Marano
  • Coney Island Steeplechase The Velvet Underground
    Another View, Verve
  • My Flying Saucer Billy Bragg & Wilco
    Mermaid Avenue, Vol. II, Nonesuch
  • SEGMENT: Stan Fox
  • Carnival Natalie Merchant
    Tigerlily, Elektra
  • Instrumental: Bakers Dozen Mickey Baker
    The Wildest Guitar, Sepia Tone
  • SEGMENT: Ray Valens the barker
  • Coney Island Baby The Excellents
    Forever Doo Wop, Vol. 2, Essential Media
  • Freak House Blues Carol Lipnik
    Cloud Girl, Mermaid Alley
  • SEGMENT: Little Miss Firefly
  • SEGMENT: Mermaid Parade, Stanley Fox
  • Coney Island The Barry Sisters
    Hebrew National Kosher Classics, RCA
  • Under the Boardwalk The Drifters
    Under the Boardwalk, KRB
  • End Bed: Coney Island Rag Robert Bruce
    Silent Movie Piano, Sonoton