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Watch “Carnival Close-Up with Peggy Scott Laborde” segments on WYES’ YouTube channel. These features highlight some of Laborde’s favorite pieces from her collection of Mardi Gras memorabilia, with slices of Carnival history as we count down to the big day.
NEW IN 2024…
STEPPIN’ OUT “It’s Carnival Time”
Premiered January 25. Repeats Saturday, January 27 at 5pm; Wednesday, January 31 at 10pm; Saturday, February 3 at 3pm; Thursday, February 8 at 7pm; Friday, February 9 at 10pm; Saturday, February 10 at 10:30pm.
Host Peggy Scott Laborde and special guests Arthur Hardy and Errol Laborde get you ready for Mardi Gras 2024. This year’s topics include the increase in women’s krewes activity; krewes celebrating special anniversaries, including Carrollton’s 100th and remembering the 75th anniversary of when Louis Armstrong reigned as Zulu. Produced by Peggy Scott Laborde.
MASKED FOR BATTLE: MARDI GRAS INDIAN CULTURE CONFRONTS COVID
Premieres Saturday, February 3 at 8pm, Repeats Saturday, February 3 at 8pm; Monday, February 5 at 9pm; Sunday, February 11 at 3pm; Tuesday, February 13 at 5pm
The documentary captures the stories of Black masking Indians, devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic but equally determined to persevere. The lockdown also deprived Black masking Indians of practices essential to the century-old tradition: communal craft work, community gatherings and open-air street performances. With a second consecutive Carnival canceled in 2021, some wondered if they would ever return to the streets in intricately crafted suits of beads and feathers—or if their unique New Orleans tradition would become another victim of the pandemic. This documentary is a collaboration among The Ohio State University at Newark faculty and students and The Mardi Gras Indian Council, The Queens of the Nation, Guardians of the Flame, and the individuals culture-bearers represented. Executive Producers are Virginia Cope and Lolis Eric Elie. Director is Michael Yearling. Photo Credit: Pableaux Johnson
THE 2024 REX BALL AND THE MEETING OF THE COURTS OF REX AND COMUS
Premieres Tuesday, February 13 at 7pm and 11:30pm
Watch on WYES-TV and stream on wyes.org/live, the WYES and PBS Apps and WYES’ YouTube channel.
WYES host and producer Peggy Scott Laborde, along with Errol Laborde, Carnival historian and author of Mardi Gras: Chronicles of the New Orleans Carnival and Will French, Rex Organization historian, provide commentary throughout the evening. The live program contains interviews with past and present Rex and Comus royalty along with historical video vignettes. Executive Producers are Peggy Scott Laborde and Jim Moriarty. Coordinating Producer is Will Morrow. Photo Credit: Kathy Anderson