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About this collection

The New Orleans Creole Fiesta Association Collection contains 4 photography albums relating directly to the Creole Fiesta Assocation Events and Parades held from the 1950s-1970s in New Orleans, Louisiana.

The New Orleans Creole Fiesta Association was founded June 4, 1952 by Mrs. Edna Bibolet Sorina Synigal and served New Orleans as a non-profit organization, incorporated for the purpose of emphasizing the cultural and colorful phases of Old Louisiana, as well as creating interest in the Progress of the Modern Creole State. 

The Creole Fiesta Association awarded scholarships to numerous schools (including Xavier University of Louisiana), contributed to local charitable organizations, and every year the members entertained friends at a lavish "Tea" in September and a "soiree-Dansante" in November. A 'block dance' was staged during the latter part of April which formally opened the 8 day "Fiesta", where members conduct a tour of homes and gardens by candlelight. The festivities would be capped off with a gala "Gay Nineties Parade and Ball." The Parade took place predominantly in the 7th Ward and concluded at the Autocrat Social & Pleasure Club located on St. Bernard Ave.  

Notable Members of the Parade include Edgar Chase Sr., Edgar "Dooky" Chase Jr., Leah Chase, Mrs. Edna Synigal, Mrs. Vivian Yates, Mrs. Bernice Bozant, Mr. Lester Bozant, Mrs. Clara Maury, Miss Myrna Regina Davis, Mrs. Romania Demasiliere, Mrs. Leona B. St. Avide, Dr. D.C. Foti, and Mr. Bobbie Francois. 

The photographs in the Collection include the Creole Fiesta Parade, Members of the Court, Board of Directors, Committee Members, Gatherings, Dinners, and Viewing Crowds.

If you can help identify some of the uknown members, please contact us at: Archives@xula.edu

Image Identifiers (ie. 001.01.A.1.001) are Organized by: Box, Series, Sub-Series, Album, Item.

Click on any of the Folders below to see items in the Collection.

 

Box I 
Series 1 - New Orleans Creole Fiesta Association
     Subseries A: Creole Fiesta Photographs
 
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