Academic journal article Southern Quarterly

Fête De la Quémande

Academic journal article Southern Quarterly

Fête De la Quémande

Article excerpt

Every family on the plain wakes

Fat Tuesday to the sound of the Capitaine's hooves

at its gate. His troupe waits on horseback, bursting

with color and mischief in the morning sun,

their robes and hats dyed the reddest red,

their masks painted with rosy cheeks and mustaches.

This Mardi Gras runs from house to house, singing

at each window for an invitation

to dismount. The Capitaine will ride alone

to each door with his white flag and whip,

the peacemaker and keeper of the code,

asking permission for his men to start their begging.

They will spill from their horses into the grass, rolling

over each other in a boil of demands,

shining the men's shoes and kissing the hands

of all women foolish enough to step outside. …

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