Whenever you are going to celebrate, be safe and do it gloriously as well! After hitch hiking from Venice CA. to Baton Rouge Louisiana we attended the "Celebration Of Life Festival.",_Louisiana. As a gathering of over 150,000 people it was enjoyed for 3 days of rock concerts, a festival and a variety of amusements such as the one pictured here.

This photograph was recorded of the "Mud People" in a pit adjacent to the Atchafalaya River seen in the background. An assortment of men and women were slowly passed through a line of onlookers and massagers to create a nude euphoric social experience. Clean up afterwards was handy in the river. Seemingly very calm on the banks the river's inner center was extremely dangerous to pass from one side to the other due to a tremendous undertow. After being carried down the river for 1/4 mile, I frantically swam across and back. Muscle-cramped, exhausted and panic-stricken, I had eluded death by drowning that day. Similar to the Woodstock Festival in 1969, this festival and all of it's side show circuses were truly an amusing "Celebration Of Life."

The Celebration Of Life Festival and the "Mud People" photograph
"The Celebration Of Life Festival"
"Mud People"
June 1971