The Skull and Bone Gang wakes you up on Mardi Gras day…

You may not think it’s pleasant to be awaken by strange men dressed up in skeleton costumes, knocking at your door with a dead pig leg at 7 in the morning. But in New Orleans on Mardi Gras Day this is the tradition and just about everyone loves it.

Chris and I set the alarm clock at 6 am and by 6:30 we were out and about in front of the Indians Heritage Museum off of Gov. Nicholls Str. just around the corner from our house in the Treme neighborhood waiting for the skeletons to awaken from the dead and start wondering around the New Orleans streets to bid the beginning of Mardi Gras Day.

“Wake up, wake up, do not be late. It’s Mardi Gras Morning. Go celebrate,” would say the chief of the Krewe while leading the pack around the winding roads in the neighborhood.
“Young and old got to go. Make your move to change your life now, or else you will become like me.”

The stilt-wearing skeleton was the scariest of all especially because all he was doing was intruding in people’s car, house windows while chanting a riddle that went like this: “If you do not stop your killing, you are gonna have to come with me. If you do not stop your lying you are gonna have to come with me…”

Thankfully, I was plenty awake, but the kids who found themselves opening the door at the sound of “Mornin’ it’s Mardi Gras, Wake Up” and then found this giant creature at their door steps telling them to behave otherwise death will take them with them…must have been an interesting way of waking up.

In any case, the experience was defiantly worth the early-morning hour wake-up call.
The Skull and Bone Gang is one of the oldest in the Mardi Gras celebration and as you can see from my photos, the members are not only adults, kids are defiantly becoming a big part of it (weird to think so since kids are often terrified of skeletons). Let’s just hope this tradition carries along and we will have more skeletons to ring the doorbells and wish you Happy Mardi Gras with their scary riddles for many years to come.

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19 thoughts on “The Skull and Bone Gang wakes you up on Mardi Gras day…

  1. bonedaddy says:

    Nice Blog! I am the unstilted Skeleton in “skeleton3.jpg”…..You Next!

    • felisha says:

      those people in the gang are ugly and they think they know more than people so yall be quiet ugly faces those people in the gang look bad ugly cave men and those people in the gang is obnoxious and ugly and think they know more and if you want to know more then study because then you get to know more

    • felisha says:

      bonedaddy what are you talking about those ugly people who dress up like skeletons they are cave men ugly skeletons

  2. Bruce Sunpie Barnes says:

    I’m Bruce Sunpie Barnes Chief of the North Side Skull and Bone Gang. I’m on the porch in the back ground of your first photo. Justed wanted to tell you thank you for the fine job did in your blog.

    • felisha says:

      a gang yall skeletons dont know a thing about that yall think yall know but yall dont so get it straight through yall head look like rotten cave men skeletons nobody like yall because yall think yall know more about stuff so get yall facts straight nobody like to look at yall with those ugly clothes yall are not a gang because if yall had a gang that gang would would not even be real yall gang is fake and nobody likes it ugly fake gang yall dont know nothing but a gang

      • felisha says:

        that gang nobody like yall ugliness is dum and people tired of looking at trash and well yall arnt trash it just make yall gang a little bit better because people tired of looking at trash and obnoxious and nobody like it

    • felisha says:

      a gang of cavemen skeletons and my freind thinks the ugliness is dum and nobody cares about ugly people like that gang the people in the gang are ugly

  3. These are amazing. I was walking around with the group that morning, too.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/brianoberkirch/tags/northsideskullandbonegang/

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  5. felisha says:

    a gang yall dont know nothing yall rotten cave men nobody dont like yall and yall get that through yall head and yall gang are fake and they are fake and nobody like yall

  6. felisha says:

    that gang nobody like yall ugliness is dum and people tired of looking at trash and well yall arnt trash it just make yall gang a little bit better because people tired of looking at trash and obnoxious and nobody like it

  7. felisha says:

    a gang yall dont even know anything yall look so ugly and crazy and nobody dont like yall so get over it ugly cave men looking people nobody like yall ugly people and yall dont know about a gang yall are obnoxious people and nobody like yall so get it through yall head people yall dont know anything

  8. felisha says:

    a gang nobody wants to hear about a trash so people yall ugly gang yall are ugly nobody cares about ugly people and if you think you are all that just because you are in a dum gang nobody want to hear about that yall people are fake and people are tired of yall ugly people a gang in skeleton costumes yall are crazy in the head nobody knows who would want to be in your obnoxious ugly gang rottten people dress up in skeleton costumes and yall dont know nothing about a gang so crazy and ugly nobody want to be in a gang

  9. felisha says:

    nobody like yall this is the most uglist gang ever ew ew look at the one with the shoes yall are so ugly the most ugliest costumes ever nobody dont like ugly people and ew ew ew look at the ugliness so fake and obnoxious everybody hate to look at yall

  10. felisha says:

    be quiet bonedaddy you dont know anything about a gang

  11. felisha says:

    a gang a stupid ugly gang they are so ugly ew ew ew

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