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Mardi Gras at the 23 Club
What better time for Zydeco Nation’s public presentation than Mardi Gras weekend? On Sunday afternoon, producers Richard Ziglar and Barry Yeoman gave a demonstration at the 23 Club, an old cowboy bar in Brisbane, California where Betty LeBlanc hosts some of the best zydeco dances in the Bay Area. As 100 people (many of whom were part of the Creole migration from Louisiana) watched, we showed off the slideshow, the interactive map, and the audio/photo profiles of five people we interviewed. We were honored that among the viewers was the Grammy-winning zydeco accordionist Queen Ida Guillory.
Then the party began! Andre Thierry & Zydeco Magic rocked the house as customers filled the dance floor. Betty LeBlanc and Charlmaigne Chavez-Thibodeaux ladled out bowls of sausage-and-chicken gumbo. There was a parade, a king cake, and the crowning of Mardi Gras royalty. Many beads were thrown. We didn’t have a camera, but fortunately our friends in the zydeco community have generously lent us their photos. Enjoy the visual feast.