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NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- A colorful 165-foot snake built of vibrant fabric slithered through Thursday's crowd at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, leading dancers and musicians in a foot parade similar to a New Orleans second-line.
The snake's giant head -- its mouth agape and fangs exposed -- took two people to hold up as more than 30 people followed in procession under the long, tent-like dome of wire and fabric that formed the creature's body.
"It represents the enchanted snake of the Amazon," said Fernando Augusto Goncalves, a puppet master from Olinda, Brazil, and one of the seven artists who worked for about a month to make the snake. Goncalves spoke to The Associated Press through a translator.
Goncalves said the snake, in Brazilian culture, is a good omen: "It means good luck for all."
He said the snake's giant head was fashioned from a combination of fiberglass and Styrofoam and then covered in paint, glitter and glue in a technique similar to papier m
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