Professor Carl Nivale is a Professor Emeritus at the Kings' College
of Carnival Knowledge
(with campuses in Lower East Bastrop, and the Mid-City New Orleans
campus temporarily relocated to Orlando, Florida), and earned his PhMG
of Mardi Gras) at the Notre Dame de la Gueule de Bois Mortelle in
Paris, and completed his graduate studies at L'università di
Branelli, di Seni e di Birra in Venice, with undergraduate work at the
Lord Windsor Conservatory of Revelry in Middle Umbrage, Surrey (his hometown).
He first became interested in Carnival at an early age when, during a
Shrove Tuesday meal of pancakes, his great aunt (a Frenchwoman from
Montmartre whom the rest of the Nivale family always found to be a bit dotty)
threw down her fork exclaiming "J'ai avalé l'bébé"
(which is country French for "I swallowed the baby!"), placed the plate of pancakes on top of her head, grabbed two baguettes and danced out into the streets.
This colorful incident set young Carl Nivale
on his path of discovery to a world of mystery and magic. After completing his matriculation, he came
to New Orleans, where he has resided for 15 years studying the native
traditions and customs of the Crescent City. Each Mardi Gras Day,
The Professor can be found in and around St. Charles Avenue and Rue Royal educating visitors
and locals alike on the rich heritage of Carnival, and offering costume
assistance to all who are in need.
Orleanians and Gulf Coast residents know the Professor best from his
annual appearances on
WWL-TV. Beginning on Twelfth Night morning through to
Mardi Gras morning, the
Professor covers current events, the historical aspects of the
celebrations, and provides
a treasure trove of anecdotes and trivia. 2006 marked the 10th
Anniversary of the Professor's annual appearances on WWL-TV.