Big Chief Al Doucette

Big Chief Alfred Doucette, born Oct. 27, 1940, has been a lifelong resident of New Orleans and is considered a living legend. He is a man of many talents as his previous careers show. Big Chief Doucette is a New Orleans Mardi Gras Indian who has been inducted into the Mardi Gras Indian Hall of Fame twice – once as Big Chief of the Flaming Arrow Warriors and again as Chief Council of the Flaming Arrow Warriors. He is also a master carpenter; master race car builder and driver; owner of the legendary Nite Cap lounge; thoroughbred horseman trainer and racer; an artist who designs and creates Mardi Gras Indian suits; a Creole chef; and a renowned musician, songwriter and entertainer.

In 1997, Big Chief Doucette created his popular song, “Marie Comin’ Out” written to the traditional tune of “Lil Liza Jane.” It has been casting its spell on all who hear it. Big Chief Doucette has performed this and other songs with such notable acts as Bamboula 2000, James Andrews, Trombone Shorty, Dr. John, Cyril Neville and Juice to name a few. He has been featured at local venues including the New Orleans Contemporary Arts Center, Audubon Zoo, House of Blues, The Maple Leaf Bar, Tipitina’s, Banks Street Bar & Grill, Vaughn’s, The Apple Barrel, DBA, Café Brazil, Café Negril, The Saenger Theatre, The Spotted Cat, The Cajun Pub, Ray’s Boom Boom Room and others.

Big Chief Doucette also regularly performs at major festivals including the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, French Quahrter Fest and Satchmo Fest to name a few. The R&B dance music, Mardi Gras Indian songs and tremendous artistry of Big Chief Doucette attracts an international audience and promotes his rich New Orleans culture.