It’s something about the moonlight that makes sequins and beads glisten. Under the cover of dusk, the mysterious Black Masking Indians came out March 19, the evening of St. Joseph’s Night.
St. Joseph’s Day is prevalent in Italian communities, which were a large part of New Orleans’ mixing pot.
As the Sicilians partied into the night, the Indians could hide in plain sight, taking part in the festivities, which were already familiar to them.
Mary Staes and Chef James Cullen contributed to this story.