Publication Date


Advisor(s) - Committee Chair

Ann Ferrell, Timothy Evans, Kate Horigan

Degree Program

Department of Folk Studies and Anthropology

Degree Type

Master of Arts


This thesis is an ethnographic study of the “Tomato Krewe,” a social group that participates in the parade of East Nashville’s annual Tomato Art Festival. Drawing on participant-observation, interviews, and my own experiences as a member of the krewe and resident of East Nashville, I examine krewe members’ narratives about the festival, the material culture that they create for the parade, and the levels of performance that they engage in while parading. Central to my analysis is how krewe members understand the Tomato Art Festival as an expression of East Nashville identity.


American Studies | Arts and Humanities | Folklore | Performance Studies | Social and Behavioral Sciences | Social and Cultural Anthropology | Theatre and Performance Studies