Mardi Gras Literature

As Carnival season heats up and the parades start to roll, it might be fun to delve into the history of Mardi Gras, not just from our current perspective, but from that of years past as well. In the Special Collections & Archives department of the Monroe Library we have Mardi Gras literature from as far back as 1887!

Read about the story of Carnival in New Orleans by the King of Rex, George Soule, written in 1887.

The Carnival in New Orleans

Learn what Carnival was like in the 1950s with, New Orleans Carnival and Its Climax Mardi Gras, by Thomas Di Palma, 1953.

New Orleans Carnival and Its Climax Mardi Gras

Read some of the most intriguing stories of Carnival since 1804 in Reid Mitchell’s, All On a Mardi Gras Day, 1995.

All On a Mardi Gras Day

Share Mardi Gras with your siblings or children with the picture book, A Mardi Gras Dictionary, by Beverly White, 1997.

A Mardi Gras Dictionary

Get the full story from New Orleans’ own Mardi Gras authority by reading Arthur Hardy’s Mardi Gras In New Orleans, 2001.

Arthur Hardy's Mardi Gras In New Orleans

Or just look through some amazing Mardi Gras photography in, Masking and Madness: Mardi Gras In New Orleans, by Kerri McCafferty, 2002.

Masking and Madness: Mardi Gras In New Orleans

All these titles and more can be found in the Monroe Library’s Special Collections & Archives department. Come on down to read them today!

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