While in the French Quarter, Doug and I decided to check out the Mardi Gras exhibit - It's Carnival Time in Louisiana - at The Presbytere on Jackson Square.
Displays focused on parades, lavish costumes and popular float throws - beads and trinkets.
Elaborate balls in New Orleans have been an important aspect of the Mardi Gras tradition in the annual celebration to "let the good times roll!"
"laissez le bon temps rouler!"
Displays showcased jewelry worn by Mardi Gras royalty attending formal events.
The tradition of the Mardi Gras King Cake was also explained.
Elaborate Mardi Gras ball costumes.
Although New Orleans and Bourbon Street Mardi Gras festivities may get most of the TV coverage, the exhibit at The Presbytere also showcased the Courir de Mardi Gras, a traditional Mardi Gras event held in many Cajun communities of rural south Louisiana on Fat Tuesday.
(Fat Tuesday, always the day before Ash Wednesday, will be February 28, 2017.)
(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)