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The Mayor of Mardi Gras: A Memoir

The Mayor of Mardi Gras: A Memoir

by Gregory L Fischer
The Mayor of Mardi Gras: A Memoir

The Mayor of Mardi Gras: A Memoir

by Gregory L Fischer


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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 from an artist's perspective. As Mackie would say, "It's a true story, stab-ah."

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9798985925005
Publisher: Make It Write Publishing
Publication date: 06/14/2022
Pages: 94
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.38(d)

About the Author

Author Greg Fischer is the former Editor-In-Chief of the Weekly Citizen in Gonzales, Louisiana, The Chief in Donaldsonville, Louisiana, and the Post-South in Plaquemine, Louisiana, and contributor to The Times-Picayune newspaper in New Orleans, Louisiana. He holds bachelor degrees in Creative Writing and Journalism from Louisiana State University. He attended graduate school for Professional Writing at Southeastern Louisiana University, where he served as Editor-In-Chief of the Gambit creative writing journal for students. He is currently the owner of Make It Write, a publishing services company in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where he resides with his wife and stepchildren.

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