This is Ronald W. Lewis, proprietor of the House of Dance and Feathers museum, located in the Lower Ninth Ward, and devoted to the history of New Orleans' many traditions. I wanted to learn more about the Mard Gras Indians, so my sister Shair and I visited the museum. Mr. Lewis was the 2008 King of the Krewe du Vieux a satirical "alternative" Mardi Gras. He is an Honorary Member of the Krewe du Jieux, "a free-spirited parade organization dedicated to deflating the stereotypes that have been historically aimed at the Jewish people." He knows as many Yiddish words and expressions as this second generation America Jew, and great deal about American Jewish culture. He says the one thing about "our culture" (his words) that he can't quite get into is gefilte fish. Well, it definitely is an acquired taste. Being from Minnesota, I suppose if I were to decide to become a Scandinavian (work with me here), I might be slow to love lutefisk.
012NOLA0313152015House of DanceNew Orleans