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Mardi Gras in New Orleans is always a popular subject around these parts, and a favorite time of year for locals and visitors alike. I refuse to miss going to the French Quarter on Mardi Gras day. I’ve passed up the chance to go to Las Vegas with work to make sure I didn’t miss a Mardi Gras beat. And I’ve stumbled out of the house with the flu, because staying at home all day on Mardi Gras would make me feel even sicker. (Okay, probably not the smartest move, but there it is.)
I LOVE Mardi Gras. The costumes, the revelry, the sense of magic that overtakes an entire city. And believe me – this has NOTHING to do with boobs or beads. It’s not what you see on tv. You have to come to New Orleans to experience it. And Bourbon Street is NOT where it’s at.
This is the costume I made for Mardi Gras 2008. It was inspired by the world’s deadliest bird, the cassowary from Australia. I might have to revive this costume sometime soon, as I had a LOT of fun that year.
For Mardi Gras 2010, I rocked the tribute to the amazing Mardi Gras Indians that I made for the Worn Again recycled fashion show.
For Mardi Gras 2011, I created a stuffed animal dress. Not entirely inspired by anything other than my desire to be ridiculous. Although it did get a lot of Lady Gaga comparisons!
I love that during Mardi Gras, there’s a parade for everything. There’s a teeny-tiny parade. There’s a parade for geeks. There’s even a parade just for dogs! I’ve detailed more of my Mardi Gras madness & costumes in another post here. One of the reasons I love Dragon*Con so much is because it’s like Mardi Gras for geeks!
My bestie has written a couple of fabulous pieces on Mardi Gras from a local’s perspective, great for new to NOLA folks who are looking to experience their first Mardi Gras:
– How to Experience Mardi Gras Like a Local
– How to Pack for Mardi Gras
Have you had the chance to experience Mardi Gras? Love it or hate it? What’s your favorite part?