The longtime Big Chief of the Wild Magnolias Mardi Gras Indians, Theodore Emilie “Bo” Dollis, died at his New Orleans home today (Jan. 20th) at the age of 71.
Born Jan 14th, 1944, Dollis first began to sing in church. After sewing costumes in secrecy, he later joined the Golden Arrows Mardi Gras Indians as a young teen. Soon after, he joined the Wild Magnolias as Flag Boy. By 1964, he had risen to Big Chief.
Dollis was important for the reputation of the new generation of Mardi Gras Indians that turned away from violence and instead focused on a contest of costuming and "prettiness."
His wife, Big Queen Laurita Dollis has requested prayers for the family and his soul at this time.
Info for his public life celebration to follow after arrangements have been completed.