The Sociocultural Anthropology of Mardi Gras

It has been said that a Scotchman has not seen the world until he has seen Edinburgh; and I think that I may say that an American has not seen the United States until he has seen Mardi-Gras in New Orleans.

~ Mark Twain ~

Carnival mask

photo by togni.franco

While you may not be reveling in New Orleans, you can learn more about the sociocultural customs of Mardi Gras (aka Fat Tuesday, Shrove Tuesday, or Carnival) – check out some of these articles, books, and films available from the Georgia State University Library:


  • Snedeker, R., Watson, T., Independent Television Service., Palmetto Pictures (Firm)., & New Day Films. (2006). By invitation only. [Harriman, N.Y.]: New Day Films.
  • Todd, S., Young, A., Archipelago Films., & Richter Productions. (1995). Cutting loose. New York, NY: Distributed by Richter Productions, Inc.



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