The chatter this week in the BoTerati back channels has been about how larger themes are more important than minutiae, so getting nit-picky at this particular moment is kinda sorta
ironic lame of me, but I can’t help it.
In last week’s episode, we saw the St. Augustine Marching 100 parading with Zulu. Makes sense, since St. Aug is a traditional highlight of many Mardi Gras parades; they’ve marched in Zulu every year for decades.
Every year except one.
In 2006, with not enough kids back, three traditionally-black Catholic high schools — St. Mary’s, St. Augustine, and Xavier Prep — merged together to form the MAX School in order to give their kids a school to come back to, in the hopes that the three schools would be able to re-open the following year. And that Mardi Gras, less than eight weeks after the school opened, they fielded the MAX Band. Uniforms and instruments had been lost in the flood so they marched with donated horns and matching t-shirts and rain gear.
This doesn’t take away from the show one whit; it’s just a glitch. I only mention it because it’s an important detail that shouldn’t be lost in the historic record. The MAX Band was loved by all; they were a symbol of defiance, making a strong statement that the music and the culture would come back by any means necessary.