One of the coolest traditions of Mardi Gras continues, with help from friends. Good.
"Last Monday, Boudreaux and Davis sat at a table in Tipitina's waiting to release more than 170 pounds of large plumes, 4 pounds of two-tone dyed plumes, 3 pounds of quills and 905 links of marabou to 88 Indians.
And Mardi Gras Indian costume traditions don't come cheap.
'It cost probably around $500 per Indian, plus taxes,' said Lisa Tracy of Jefferson Variety, who organized the orders. At one point, Davis said, Tracy called him to say he had to stop taking orders -- not because of the cost, he said, but because she didn't know where else to find more plumes in time for Mardi Gras.
'I am telling you, there is not one plume left in America, we got them all,' Davis said. 'Everyone came together to help one another, respect each other's situation and work to get things done. This one project is an example of how New Orleans can come back.'"