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Guardians of the Flame Big Chief Donald Harrison Senior on a Mardi Gras Day in the early 1980s. Photo copyright Herreast J. Harrison.
Guardians of the Flame Big Chief Donald Harrison, Senior on a Mardi Gras Day in the early 1980s. Photo copyright Herreast J. Harrison.

The Mardi Gras Indian Hall of Fame works year-round to create community among, honor, and educate about the individuals and groups who create and uphold the arts and culture of the Mardi Gras Indians of New Orleans.

Annually in August, we dedicate a week to celebration of our achievements and the unity of the Nation.

Dr. Roslyn J. Smith and Cherice Harrison-Nelson co-founded the Mardi Gras Indian Hall of Fame in 1998 through the spirit of Big Chief Donald Harrison Senior (1933-1998), founder of the Guardians of the Flame and a past Big Chief of the White Eagles.

Our work is supported by grants and private donations. The National Performance Network serves as our fiduciary sponsor.

If you wish to support our work, you may make a secure donation to the Mardi Gras Indian Hall of Fame via the National Performance Network website.

Begin to learn about our mission and philosophy. Watch a profile of our Curator and co-founder Cherice Harrison-Nelson, Maroon Queen of the Guardians of the Flame.