Spring is in the air. The lunar calendar has spun another cycle and the pagan answer to Lent is coming upon us this week. So now seems like a good time to discuss the Bacchus Parade and the politics of fun.
Good Times Roll At Mardi Gras Bacchus Parade
New Orleans celebrated Mardi Gras with the Bacchus Parade on Sunday. The parade was held safely, one day after a car driven by a suspected drunk driver hit the crowd, injuring dozens. http://smarturl.it/AssociatedPress – http://smarturl.it/APBreakingNews
Freedom and Authoritarianism Mark the Carnival Season
Mardi Gras and Carnival(e) are among the great world public events. This week Street I Am will be flooding the site with articles on the parades, organizations and culture of this season from around the world. The marriage of strict Roman Catholicism and the culture of the pagan culture is the Yin and Yang that makes this celebration of freedom a classic in our time.
It embodies the Golden Rule in Christianity. A person can be free to do whatever they want as long as they don’t interfere with another persons right to do the same. This becomes the nexus point from where the carnival season springs. It is at once a celebration of spontaneous individual, as well as community expression.
Once the worst thing a party goer might experience was a bad hangover. Once in a while an out of of control party goer could cause injury or death. Then of course there are the random robberies that sporadically occur. But lately, authoritarian forces working through governments, dictatorships, one party states and out and out terror organizations are on the rise.
Fun and fantasy become political
Authoritarians of all stripes increasingly make it plain they are offended by such freedom. They are letting it be known in various ways that celebrations like the Bacchus Parade can be offensive, dangerous and unhealthy. The idea of naming a parade after the deity of unbridled pleasure goes through them a mile.
The public is gradually being conditioned to accept more danger in public areas of free expression. In some cases, justifications for violence in public have been upheld in courts of law. For instance Cologne Germany during the New Years Eve 2016 assault on dozens of women there.
But we are not deterred. Street I Am will be covering every angle we can find on the net for your edification. The triumph the tragedy, the majesty and mayhem of the global party festival dedicated to partying and festivals.
Happy Mardi Gras/Carnival Everyone.