Northside Skull and Bone Gang, 1962

Satin Sinner Baby Dolls

Baby Dolls and Dirty Dozen Kazoo Band, 1970

All on a Mardi Gras Day is a one hour documentary on New Orleans' black carnival traditions, including the Black Indians, Baby Dolls, Zulus and Skeletons. The special DVD edition includes a full hour of additional material, including an extended interview with the late Big Chief Tootie Montana, scenes of post-Katrina carnival, and an interview with the filmmaker, New Orleans native Royce Osborn.

These traditions come out of New Orleans' Afro-Creole culture, from its unique blend of African, European, Caribbean and Native American influences. Black Carnival emerged from a culture of slavery and segregation to become one of the most colorful and exuberant celebrations in the world.

This program, originally broadcast nationally on PBS, includes amazing photos and archival footage, and interviews with historians, as well as the men and women who keep these traditions alive. They share their stories and songs, their costumes and dances, with a soundtrack of carnival classics by Professor Longhair, Earl King, the Meters, The Wild Magnolias and more.

All on a Mardi Gras Day was made by Royce Osborn, in association with local PBS station WYES. The film was honored in 2003 at the New Orleans Film Festival the same year. It was funded by the Louisiana Endowment for Humanities, and has been shown in schools and universities around the country. In New Orleans, it has become a Mardi Gras tradition of its own, with screenings every year at carnival time.