LSU Experts Available to Speak on Mardi Gras History and Traditions

February 06, 2024

LSU faculty experts are available for media interviews about Mardi Gras history and traditions. 

BATON ROUGE – A number of LSU faculty experts are available for media interviews about topics surrounding Mardi Gras history and traditions. To schedule interviews, contact Abbi Rocha Laymoun at 225-916-0350 or 

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LSU researchers available to speak on topics related to Mardi Gras include:

Joyce Marie Jackson, professor of folklore-ethnomusicology, Department of Geography & Anthropology chair and the James J. Parsons Endowed Professor

Contact: 225-578-5942 /   

Areas of expertise: Mardi Gras Indians and other black masking traditions; carnivalesque street theater and resistance; transforming identities and public space; diasporic  relationships including Haiti and Trinidad.  

Naohiro Kato, associate professor, Department of Biological Sciences

Contact: 225-578-2004 /   

Areas of expertise: Developing biodegradable Mardi Gras beads and doubloons from algae

Michael Pasquier, professor, Departments of Religious Studies and History and associate dean, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Contact: 225-578-1389 /  

Areas of expertise: Roman Catholicism in the South, Roman Catholic traditions surrounding Mardi Gras and into Lent

Helen Regis, associate professor, Department of Geography & Anthropology

Contact: 225-578-6171 / 

Areas of expertise: Mardi Gras marching groups, innovation and tradition, alternative parades, New Orleans, gender, neighborhoods, race/racism, public space

Wes Shrum, professor, Department of Sociology

Contact: 225-578-5319 / 

Areas of expertise: Ritual disrobement at Mardi Gras, nudity, new traditions

LSU Libraries Special Collections: The LSU Libraries have a number of collections related to Mardi Gras history and traditions:

Selection of articles covering this topic in the digitized Louisiana newspapers
LSU Libraries Mardi Gras Collection

For more information, contact LSU Libraries Special Collections at 225-578-6544 or