Saturday, December 31, 2011

NSWC: New Year’s Eve “Rag Dance”

Many of the traditional carols associated with the Christmas season are not specifically for Christmas itself, but are meant to welcome in the New Year. This 1990 performance by Nowell Sing We Clear (Tony Barrand, Fred Breunig, Andy Davis and John Roberts) in Altamont, New York, recreates a custom brought by the Acadians, on their way down the Mississippi River to Louisiana, to such towns as Prairie du Rocher, Illinois, and Ste Genevieve, Missouri, both not far from Saint Louis. The “rag dance” is a traditional New Year's Eve "visiting custom." Dancers dress in costumes decorated with rags, and neighbors join in as they progress from house to house.

Of course, here at Chez Alexandre, the New Year's Eve traditional dance is strictly Latin, so tonight, we'll see you at The Salsa Room. Or maybe someone will change their mind at the last damn minute and want to go see a movie. Or maybe they'll even be too damn "tired" to go to a movie and want to watch one on television.


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