The Way We Were
After Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, media coverage often portrayed the devastated Lower Ninth Ward as poor, crime-ridden and dangerous. The Gettridge family tells a different story of their community.
Archival photographs provided by the Gettridge family, Keith Calhoun and Chandra McCormick.
Mr. Gettridge's Mardi Gras
In 2007, Mr. Gettridge introduced producer June Cross to a Mardi Gras tradition that few tourists experience: the Mardi Gras Indians. The celebration brought back Mr. Gettridge’s memories of painstaking work involved in creating the beautiful Indian suits, and the pure fun of masking as an Indian when he was younger.
Archival footage and photographs provided by the Historic New Orleans Collection. For more on the Mardi Gras Indians, visit the sites for the documentaries All on a Mardi Gras Day and Tootie's Last Suit.