Lucky for us, many old money patriarchs like to gather in Luncheon Clubs such as the Boston Club, Stratford Club, Pickwick Club, and the Louisiana Club, making them easier for us to find and confront. These Clubs are the exclusive domains of heirs to slave plantation wealth and other elite, rich lineages. They also happen to be the places from which many old-line Mardi Gras krewes emerged, including the Krewe of Comus and the Krewe of Momus, both made infamous by their decision to stop parading when integration was set as a condition for getting city parade permits in the early 1990s.
|The Boston Club, decorated for a night parade, |
1906. One of Mardi Gras' long-running traditions
features Rex, King of Carnival, toasting his
Queen in front of the Boston Club on Mardi
Gras Day. (h/t Old N.O.)
Therefore, if ever we have problems with the way social, economic, and political life is constructed and reproduced in New Orleans, these are probably the people we should go see about it!
At the same time, we must consciously orient ourselves during such challenges to old-money power structures such that we are not just clearing the way for the recent, multicultural, liberal elites to transfer more power into their own hands. We must demand the destruction of power itself, and challenge all who would re-concentrate it in new forms while we simultaneously disturb the genteel peace the old money elites have so far enjoyed until they release their stranglehold on our city. It can't hurt to ask, right?