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Confessions of a Krewe du Vieux Member

For most of the world, Mardi Gras in New Orleans is known for its enormous parades and mega-krewes, but for locals, the tradition of political satire is the truest expression of the spirit and purpose of Carnival.

Peter Athas tells the story of the Krewe du Vieux and how his “sub-krewe”- the Krewe of Spank- have carried on that tradition with irreverent and unapologetic gusto.

From the Archives | Nic Pizzolatto’s Louisiana

Five years ago, after the debut of his sensational and award-winning television series “True Detective,” its creator and showrunner Nic Pizzolatto sat down with Lamar White, Jr. to discuss one of the show’s main characters, the state of Louisiana.

Today, with the debut of Season Three of “True Detective,” the Bayou Brief is republishing the interview in its entirety.

Clementine’s Hunters: Chapter 1 | In Her Own Words

The iconic American folk artist Clementine Hunter conducted a series of oral interviews in the 1970s.

For the first time ever, a transcript of one of those interviews is being made available to the public on the Bayou Brief, courtesy of LSUA’s Sue Eakin Archives.

Clementine’s Hunters: Prologue

Three decades after her death at the age of 101, Clementine Hunter is now considered one of the most important folk artists in American history.

In this multi-part investigative series, the Bayou Brief explores the life and legacy of Louisiana’s most consequential painter and the ways in which her work has been both rightfully celebrated and criminally exploited since her death.

‘City of a Million Dreams’ is a Lucid, Lyrical Masterpiece

Award-winning writer Jason Berry’s new book is the definitive history of New Orleans, a 300-year-old city that challenges, defies, yet still exemplifies the American mythos.

For his final article of 2018, publisher Lamar White, Jr. sat down with Berry for a candid conversation about the past, present, and future of New Orleans.