January 6th was officially proclaimed Allison “Big Chief Tootie” Montana Day.
You are cordially invited by his family to attend a celebration of his life and the opening of Carnival season.
*Blessing, wreath laying at his statue in Armstrong Park followed by Black Indian chants, other musical entertainment, food and beverages.
Chief Allison “Tootie” Montana (December 16, 1922 – June 27, 2005), a lather by trade, was a New Orleans cultural icon who acted as the Mardi Gras Indian “chief of chiefs” for over 50 years. Tootie is revered in the Mardi Gras Indian culture as the Big Chief who is responsible for changing the violent way of the Indians’ culture.
Tootie was Big Chief of the Yellow Pocahontas Tribe and made the culture of the Mardi Gras Indians about pageantry rather than violence.
January 6, 2020
3 pm to 5:30pm
Louis Armstrong Park 701 North Rampart Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70116