Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

History, Tradition, and Economics of Carnival Cultures

June 30th, 2010 - July 2nd, 2010

Tulane University

The Latin American Resource Center presents a Summer Teacher Institute on Carnival. This institute will introduce participants to the tradition of carnival as celebrated throughout the Americas. Carnival is a festival traditionally held in Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox societies. The Brazilian Carnaval is one of the best-known celebrations today, but many cities and regions worldwide celebrate with large, popular, and days-long events. This institute will explore a few key celebrations throughout the Americas such as in Brazil, Haiti, Cuba, and finally the famous Mardi Gras celebration dated back to French and Spanish colonial times here in New Orleans, LA. Aspects of carnival discussed in this institute will highlight the history, different traditions across countries as well as the economic impact of this celebration on the country. Teaching resources will be provided.

Photo courtesy of Dennis Woltering.