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The Mayor of Mardi Gras: A Memoir (Paperback)

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New Orleans Mardi Gras parades date back to 1857. Many people attend Mardi Gras. Fewer people participate as members of a krewe, and still fewer work year-round as artists and float builders. My cousin McKinley "Mackie" J. Cantrell, III was one of the artists and builders who worked full-time to bring Mardi Gras to life. A third-generation float builder, Mackie's grandfather began building floats during the Great Depression. By the mid-70s, "Big Mac" Cantrell had his own company, called McKinley J. Cantrell and Son and was captain of his own parade, the Krewe of Mardi Gras. Cantrell Floats lives on today, but Mackie died suddenly two days after Christmas in 2021. He was forty-seven. He was more of a brother to me, a mentor, who took me on to work with him for an entire year of Carnival preparation in 2011-12. This book is a telling of all my great memories of Mackie. It is a rare glimpse into New Orleans life, intended for anyone who wants a better understanding of everything that goes into the celebration of Mardi Gras. But for friends and family who knew Mackie dearly like me, it's something to take with you if you want to spend a day with him. As he would say, "It's a true story."

Product Details
ISBN: 9780578381794
ISBN-10: 0578381796
Publisher: Make It Write Publishing
Publication Date: March 1st, 2022
Pages: 102
Language: English