Super Sunday: colorful Central City tradition welcomes spring

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NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) - Whether you're a local or a tourist, experiencing "Super Sunday" in New Orleans should be on your bucket list.  The annual event usually happens on the third Sunday in March, weather-permitting. It's an explosion of color when the streets are filled with feathers, dancing, and incredible beadwork.

On par with Mardi Gras, it's the most significant day of the year for the Mardi Gras Indians. In true New Orleans fashion, the pomp and circumstance are accompanied by feasting, art and plenty of spontaneous dance moves. The hub of the excitement is A. L. Davis Park, in Central City, where the tribal gathering takes place in the form of a giant outdoor celebration.

Here's another look at the incredible events of Super Sunday:

"The suits that you see nowadays are quite elaborate; they're really pretty. But they used to originate from the most basic materials," says photographer Matty Williams. Williams is well versed in Mardi Gras Indian tradition; he's the project manager for the evolving Mardi Gras Indian Cultural University.

Chief Darryl O'Neal has been doing this for years.

"I enjoy doing it. I like for people to come out and enjoy themselves on a peaceful day," O'Neal says with a smile. He proudly shows off the intricate beading on his hand-sewn suit.

If you missed it, you can still see some of the amazing Mardi Gras Indian suits on display at the Backstreet Cultural Museum in the Treme neighborhood.

Visit the Backstreet Cultural Museum right now by clicking here, for a report by Twist Reporter Stephanie Oswald.

You can learn even more about this part of New Orleans culture, with a trip to the House of Dance and Feathers in the Ninth Ward. Join Stephanie for a quick online visit to the House of Dance and Feathers by clicking here.