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Algiers Mardi Gras Indians prepare to show off on West Bank Super Sunday

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) — The Mardi Gras Indians and their pretty costumes will return to the streets of Algiers on April 24 for the West Bank Super Sunday festival and Westfest Family Day.

Co-organizer Michael Willis said he was delighted to be able to host the annual celebration again, after the coronavirus pandemic forced a two-year shutdown. The event traditionally takes place on the third Sunday of April.

A parade including the Algiers-based Indian MoHawk Hunters Mardi Gras tribe and the Westbank Steppers is due to start at 1 p.m. on Sunday at the corner of Lebouef and Ptolemy streets. The procession will turn left on LB Landry Avenue, left on Newton Street, left on Teche Street and will end on Bringier Street at McDonough Park.

Admission to the park festival from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. is free. Willis said more than 40 local vendors will be at the park, with music from multiple artists including DJ Moe.

Willis, who is organizing the event with Big Chief Casby of the MoHawk Hunters, said the theme for this year’s event is HOPE (Helping Other People Endure), with the aim of breaking the cycle of crime and violence by offering community members a chance to get to know their neighbors in a safe environment for families and children.

“It’s time to start taking responsibility for our actions and what happens in our own communities,” Willis said in a statement.

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