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Fais Do-Do: 1938

Fais Do-Do: 1938

October 1938. "Cajun musicians at fais-do-do at National Rice Festival (video). Crowley, Louisiana." View full size. Medium format negative by Russell Lee.

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Crowley, Louisiana

My wife's family is from Crowley, and not much has changed since this photo was taken. Her grandmother would have been 26 years old and probably at the festival. She loved to dance. I like the previous photos of this event as well.

Fais Do-Do Fiddler

The fiddler has a great profile. And his waist looks to be about 28 inches! That's an unusual three-button waistband on his trousers. They remind me of a flamenco dancer's costume.

Rice Festival Video

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