Howard Philips Smith: Unveiling the Muse: The Lost History of Gay Carnival in New Orleans

at in store on 02/01/2018, 06:00 pm
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"New Orleans", LA
 
"895-2266"
 
"http://www.gardendistrictbookshop.com"
Howard Philips Smith: Unveiling the Muse: The Lost History of Gay Carnival in New Orleans Thursday, February 1st 6-7:30PM Traditional Carnival has been well documented with a vast array of books published on the subject. However, few of them, if any, mention gay Carnival krewes or the role of gay Carnival within the larger context of the season. Howard Philips Smith corrects this oversight with a beautiful, vibrant, and exciting account of gay Carnival. Gay krewes were first formed in the late 1950s, growing out of costume parties held by members of the gay community. Their tableau balls were often held in clandestine locations to avoid harassment. Even by the new millennium, gay Carnival remained a hidden and almost lost history. Much of the history and the krewes themselves were devastated by the AIDS crisis. Whether facing police raids in the 1960s or AIDS in the 1980s, the Carnival krewes always came back each season. A culmination of two decades of research, Unveiling the Muse positions this incredible story within its proper place as an amazing and important facet of traditional Carnival. This book is available in hardcover ($50.00). Howard Philips Unveiling the Muse: The Lost History of Gay Carnival in New Orleans.Smith discusses and signs his book. If you are unable to attend, you must call the book shop to order signed books. Event date: Thursday, February 1, 2018 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm Event address: Garden District Book Shop 2727 Prytania Street New Orleans, LA 70130

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