Sunday, November 11th
At the Armeinius Den, 433 N. Broad Street
Join us as Howard Philips Smith and Frank Perez discuss and sign their books, Unveiling the Muse and Southern Decadence in New Orleans. Also, get a sneak preview of Armeinius 2019.
Unveiling the Muse: Traditional Carnival has been well documented with a vast array of books published on the subject. However, few of them, if any, mention gay Carnival krewes or the role of gay Carnival within the larger context of the season. Howard Philips Smith corrects this oversight with a beautiful, vibrant, and exciting account of gay Carnival.
Gay krewes were first formed in the late 1950s, growing out of costume parties held by members of the gay community. Their tableau balls were often held in clandestine locations to avoid harassment. Even by the new millennium, gay Carnival remained a hidden and almost lost history. Much of the history and the krewes themselves were devastated by the AIDS crisis. Whether facing police raids in the 1960s or AIDS in the 1980s, the Carnival krewes always came back each season. A culmination of two decades of research,Unveiling the Muse positions this incredible story within its proper place as an amazing and important facet of traditional Carnival.
Southern Decadence in New Orleans: Founded in the summer of 1972 by a few friends as a modest celebration, the Southern Decadence festival has since grown into one of New Orleans’s largest annual tourist events.
The multi-day extravaganza features street parties, drag contests, dancing, drinking, and bead tosses, culminating with a boisterous parade through the French Quarter. With over 200,000 participants—predominantly LGBT+—these unbridled, pre–Labor Day festivities now generate millions of dollars in revenue.
These books are available in hardcover ($50.00 and $36.00, respectively).
If you are unable to attend, you must call the book shop to order signed books .