Anyway here is a snippet.
The complication is that it's not simply "culture" we're talking about here, but "Carnival culture," a far more problematic concept.I know last week some of the major parading organizations began making announcements about the 2015 Carnival season; celebrity guests and whatnot. But all of that is still a long way away from now.
Because the cultural concept of Carnival is to turn against, invert, or critique the broader culture in which it is enveloped. The bottom rail on top, the village fool in burlap (or blue tarp) finery.
The issue of more general cultural authenticity aside, the Zulu King in his lard-can crown was always more carnivalistically authentic than Comus, Rex, et al, in their faux jewels.
The same distinction goes for humble shoebox floats, drawn by people (the practice of the toddling 'Tit Rex krewe), versus tractor-pulled ones with people paying big bucks for the ticket.
The reason I bring this up, though, is only to point out that this situation right here..
Monday Night Football is between last place Baltimore (6-4) and first place New Orleans (4-6).
— Football Perspective (@fbgchase) November 23, 2014
.. is not an "embarrassment" as, the stupid national sports media will relentlessly put it, but is instead as true a cause for celebration as one is likely to find in New Orleans.