By Alicia Glass, contributing writer

Those two little words that conjure images of ultimate parties, beads, masquerades like you’ve never seen, drinking and celebration, Mardi Gras has its roots in joyous indulgence. Also known as Fat Tuesday, Mardi Gras is the last hurrah hue and cry party before the Catholic season of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday. These days regardless of your religion, Mardi Gras is gleefully celebrated all over the world, and geeks and sundry are happily joining in the celebration! While it’s a little hard to find the best Mardi Geek movies, here are a few reminders of the best ones.

Interview with the Vampireinterview-with-the-vampire-poster

Ah, the angst-filled beautiful male world of Anne Rice’s books brought to big-screen life. Gloriously tormented Louie is Creole, after all, and he considers Paris the mother of New Orleans, his original home, rife with plantation life as he slides into the nightmare world of the newborn vampire.

Theater and masks have long been a tradition of Mardi Gras, and Interview is no slouch at providing the feeling of being stuck in a fraught Paris opera that bears echoes of Voodoo magic and directional bloodshed. Louie bears the stamp of his heritage as a Creole plantation owner as a crown of martyred thorns, bringing righteous wholesale slaughter via the end of a scythe to the vampires who wronged him, while still mourning the memory of the smell of roses round his old courtyard. For a celebration with its roots in indulgence before walking the straight and narrow (again – sigh), vampires from New Orleans certainly fit the bill.


The Princess and the Frogprincessfrog_payoff_1sheet

It’s New Orleans in 1912, and dear little waitress Tiana wants nothing more than to honor the memory of her beloved father by opening her own soul food restaurant. But fates, a bogus prince and a Voodoo villain are conspiring against her!

This one has Mardi Geek all over it. Given that there could have been plenty of controversy surrounding a Disney epic starring black folks and a villain sporting Voodoo hoodoo, the reception of the beloved film has been overwhelmingly supportive. The spirit of Mardi Gras, in scary Loa darkness and bright determined down home-cooking light, is prevalent everywhere in the film and should not be missed. Perhaps the best option for introducing your preteen to the wonders and terrors of Mardi Gras and New Orleans, don’t miss The Princess and the Frog!

Candyman 2: Farewell to the Fleshcandyman-2-farewell-to-the-flesh-movie-poster-1995-1020203513

This is a very traditional Horror film with a unique premise and villain, who just happens to be summoned to New Orleans on the eve of Mardi Gras. Candyman can be summoned by saying his name into the mirror five times, though why anyone voluntarily brings in the scary Tony Todd with his hook hand and exhaling bees act, is beyond me. Oddly enough, this sequel to the widely popular Candyman movie series happens to be a thwarted love story.

Long ago at a slave plantation in New Orleans, Danielle Robitaille, the son of a slave, is commissioned to paint the portrait of the daughter of the plantation owner, Caroline. One thing leads to another, and Caroline ends up pregnant, which of course leads the fine upstanding white folk to torture and finally slaughter Robitaille, branding him “Candyman” after they smear him with honey and let the bees do their nasty work. This blackened love, s searching across space and time for the descendants of his beloved Caroline, leads Candyman on a wholesale slaughter spree of Creole-style vengeance as a figure right out of your darkest nightmares!

Regardless of whether or not you can make it to the party of the year out there in New Orleans proper, or decide to enjoy your own masquerade and bead orgy, Mardi Gras celebrates the many faces and facets of life with happy abandon, before we all have to go back to being normal(ish) on Wednesday!

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