Sunday, November 2, 2008

Creole Cowboy and the Cupid Shuffle

Though a carnival was set up in the field behind the open-sided pig barn, most of the action took place under the roof, where live Zydeco bands played all day. Gino Delafose & French Rockin' Boogie kept the crowds dancing in the afternoon (top) to their swirling Creole Cowboy music, a blend of accordion, scrub board (worn over the chest), vocals, and guitar. Earlier, the visiting queens moved "to the left, to the left, to the right, to the right," for the wildly popular Cupid Shuffle, a crossover craze which defies easy labels: it's a Zydeco-influenced hip-hop line dance.

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