Whenever a film has been lacking, one go to option for directors has been to insert a scene using a parade to add color and movement.
So much so that there is a movie trope where the villain or hero tries to escape pursuit by casually blending into a parade that just happens to be passing by.
For example, a Junkanoo parade in Thunderball (1965), St Patrick's Day in The Fugitive (1993), the Day of the Dead in Assassins (1995), the Little Italy Feast of San Gennaro in The Godfather II (1974), and a Chinese dragon blocking the street in numerous Jackie Chan films.
Celebrate Fat Tuesday with these movies featuring Mardi Gras on the Swinburne Commons
Black Orpheus (1959) During the carnaval in Rio de Janeiro, a streetcar conductor goes to hell in order to save the woman he loves. Directed by Marcel Camus.
Easy Rider (1969) A 1960's counterculture classic. Two aimless young men set out to ride from Los Angeles to New Orleans on their motorbikes.
Or follow the "bead trail" from a factory in China to the New Orleans Mardi Gras in this expose that reveals inequities of globalization Mardi Gras: Made in China
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