Gay Mardi Gras

Published Date Author: , January 26th, 2015

Photo by KXMGay Mardi Gras is conundrum wrapped in an enigma shrouded in mystery with a side of bafflement sprinkled with bitterness and devil-may-care. It’s also a little elusive.

The secret society nature of Mardi Gras is a cozy security blanket for many an outcast. In most Mardi Gras cities, gay Mardi Gras still operates as a kind of subculture. On one hand, this comes as no surprise: Most Mardi Gras cities are nestled in the bosom of the American South. On the other hand, the South is exactly where a culture of shrouds and masks and biting bless-her-heart political satire can flourish – a fertile estuary for some stealthy visibility and acceptance. A perfect little example illustrating how far we’ve come and how far we’ve yet to go.

For locked deep within the codified beads, beer, and boobs of the most mainstream Mardi Gras, there are a lot of men in tights … and just who do you think designed all those generations of headdresses and codpieces?

By Kate X Messer – Full Story at the Austin Chronicle

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