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Mardi Gras Controversy (1992)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1992-01-24

Duration: 00:06:02

Subjects: MARDI GRAS


  • Collins, Robert Host
  • Baker, Diana Reporter
  • Quigley, Bill Interviewee
  • Shindler, Henri Interviewee
  • Wilson, Peggy Interviewee
  • Taylor, Dorothy Mae Interviewee
  • Bassich, Beau Interviewee
  • Hardy, Arthur Interviewee
  • Muniz, Ed Interviewee
  • Gelfand, David Interviewee


This segment from the January 24, 1992, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Diana Baker’s report on the New Orleans City Council’s new civil rights ordinance outlawing discrimination in public accommodations and its impact on Mardi Gras Krewes. Baker reports that the two of the oldest krewes, Comus and Momus, have decided to suspend their parades. She interviews: Bill Quigley, Loyola Law School; Henri Shindler, Comus float builder; New Orleans City Councilwoman Peggy Wilson; New Orleans City Councilwoman Dorothy Mae Taylor; Beau Bassich, Rex captain; Arthur Hardy, Mardi Gras historian; Ed Muniz, Endymion captain; and David Gelfand, Tulane Law School. Host: Robert Collins