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This small cultural gem in the heart of the Faubourg Tremé is dedicated to certain wholly unique New Orleans cultural traditions, mostly of the African-American community. The social aid and pleasure clubs, the second-line parades, brass bands, Mardi Gras Indians, and jazz funerals are all well documented and recollected here. We guarantee that the Mardi Gras Indians’ ornate beaded costumes are like nothing you’ve ever seen, and best appreciated up close. But the suits are just an entree into the intriguing traditions. Founder Sylvester Francis is often in the house (this scrupulous collection is largely his own). He’s a fount of knowledge and a true New Orleanian, so spend a few minutes with him if you can, and say thanks.