NATCHITOCHES – Big Chief Clarence Dalcour of the Creole Osceola Mardi Gras Indians will be at the Student Union Ballroom at Northwestern State University Friday, Nov. 7, at 1:00 p.m. as part of the annual Creole Heritage Celebration.

In 1973, Dalcour established the Creole Osceola tribe in his Seventh Ward neighborhood in New Orleans.  This group is known for its costumes and its music tradition. Dalcour also has a role on the television show Treme.

Dalcour will bring one of his costumes which can cost thousands of dollars and weigh as much as 150 lbs. Regardless of the expense and time invested, making the costume is a labor of Love.

“You’ve got to sew your ideas and your feelings.  A chief should understand his neighborhood and his culture.  It’s a culture of feeling,” says Dalcour.

This year the Creole Heritage Celebration on Nov. 6 – 7 is focusing on “Celebrating 300 Years of Cultural Heritage through Sounds of Music.”  The Celebration will be composed of both discussions and performances, featuring jazz, opera, blues, La-La, gospel, zydeco and other musical styles.  Performers for the event include Chubby Carrier, DeShawn Washington, Goldman Thibodeaux, the Katrice LaCour Trio, the Comfenalco Jazz Band and many others.

For more information contact the Creole Heritage Center at 318-357-6685 or creolecenter@nsula.edu.