TIL that Mardi Gras Indians are a group of black people from New Orleans that have their own parade during Mardi Gras. They chose this name to honor Native Americans that helped slaves escape to freedom.

Read more: https://www.mardigrasneworleans.com/history/mardi-gras-indians/

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  1. Might be a little more complex…

    During the late 1740s and 1750s, many enslaved Africans fled to the bayous of Louisiana where they encountered Native Americans. Years later, after the Civil War, hundreds of freed slaves joined the U.S. Ninth Cavalry Regiment, also known as Buffalo Soldiers.[2] The Buffalo Soldiers fought, killed, forced, and aided the mass removal and relocation of the Plains Indians on the Western Frontier. After returning to New Orleans, many ex-soldiers joined popular Wild West shows, most notably Buffalo Bill’s Wild West.[2] The show wintered in New Orleans from 1884 to 1885 and was hailed by the Daily Picayune as “the people’s choice”. There was at least one black cowboy in the show, and there were numerous black cowhands.[4]


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