Carnival Can Never Be Cancelled

  • Published by Lucky Bean Press and Cerebros Books in 2021.
  • 43 pages. 6.75 x 8.5”. Digitally printed, perfect bound. Edition of 200.

Print copies sold out.

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Carnival Can Never Be Cancelled, a zine of original poems by 14 poets about Mardi Gras paired with ephemeral images of Carnivals past, was designed and assembled in 2021 in recognition of a year where parades did not roll and krewes did not march. This publication is dedicated to everyone who continued the spirit of revelry nonetheless.

All images not otherwise credited are from Nola DNA’s archive of historic newspapers and from the Louisiana Digital Library.

Graphic design by Joseph Bienvenu and JS Makkos.

Edited by Joseph Bienvenu and Raina Zelinski.

Printed in New Orleans.

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