Mardi Gras is best party of the year is New Orleans, Louisiana. That’s all the reason I need to swoon over these Mardi Gras images from the days of yore! Head on down to NOLA, head back in time, and be positively terrified by the spectacle that is Mardi Gras.
Get dressed up in New Orleans!
There’s a lot of celebrating leading up to Mardi Gras, when it’s time to bring out your fanciest frocks and dandiest duds.
These pictures are from a marvelous website detailing the history of Storyville, the legal red light district of New Orleans, 1897-1917.
Meet the Krewes
I love just about everything about Mardi Gras. New Orleans, French libertines, King Cake, you name it. Of all of the fun and frivolous things about Mardi Gras, the Krewes fascinate me the most. Krewes are social clubs who organize the parades and balls which make Mardi Gras the epic fun it is. There are a number of fun-sounding Krewes in New Orleans and the surrounding area, organized around cultural identities, or simply to execute the mission of having fun.
The oldest and best-known of these organizations is the Rex Organization. Since 1872, Rex has issued the invitation and edict which brings people to New Orleans and commands them to have fun.
Parish Parade Bulletins
Parades are an essential part of Mardi Gras. To whet parade appetites, some Krewes would (and still) publish bulletins in advance to give a preview of parade floats. This is my newest, fleeting obsession, and was dizzy with joy when I found out you could buy them online. If anyone really wants to buy one of these posters for me, I really want the one from 2003 commemorating the Louisiana Purchase.
Time travel to the Vieux Carré
Plan A: Go to Mardi Gras and get a map. Plan B: Once time travel is possible, go to Mardi Gras here.
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