Scenes That I Love: Mardi Gras in Easy Rider


Happy March 1st!

Today is not only the 1st of March.  It’s not only Texas Independence Day.  It’s not only Zack Snyder’s birthday.  It’s not only the day of Texas primaries.  It’s not only the day when the State of the Union address is scheduled to be given (yawn!).  It’s also Mardi Gras!

What a busy day!

For today’s scene that I love, here is the Mardi Gras/Cemetery sequence from 1969’s Easy Rider.  Featuring Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, Karen Black, and Toni Basil walking through the streets of New Orleans, this scene was actually filmed during Mardi Gras.  Those are real Mardi Gras floats and real Mardi Gras participants staring at the camera.  That’s an actual citizen of New Orleans with whom Dennis Hopper appears to have nearly gotten into a fight.  And, in the cemetery scene, that was real acid that Peter Fonda took.

Here is today’s scene.  The scene is age-restricted so you’ll actually have to click on “watch on YouTube” to see it.

If you don’t want to click on “watch on YouTube,” here is a shorter version that just features the parade without the admittedly disturbing cemetery stuff.

I like how Toni Basil can’t help but dance, no matter what.

2 responses to “Scenes That I Love: Mardi Gras in Easy Rider

  1. Pingback: Lisa Marie’s Week In Review — 2/28/22 — 3/6/22 | Through the Shattered Lens

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.