Year of 2017

A trumpet player from the Pin Stripe Brass Band in New Orleans

Today the streets of New Orleans may ring and clang a little louder than usual with the sounds of brass bands blasting throughout the city to celebrate Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, the final day of Carnival. Here in the place where jazz was invented, King’s Day and Mardi Gras bookend the Carnival season. And the official soundtrack for these massive festivals predates jazz—though you can hear the roots of the style in the brass bands. This image focuses on a trumpet player in the Pin Stripe Brass Band as the group performed on King’s Day, the first day of Carnival, in 2015.

Mardi Gras, also called Shrove Tuesday, or Fat Tuesday, in English, refers to events of the Carnival celebrations, beginning on or after the Christian feasts of the Epiphany and culminating on the day before Ash Wednesday. Mardi Gras is French for “Fat Tuesday”, reflecting the practice of the last night of eating richer, fatty foods before the ritual fasting of the Lenten season.