The Colors of Carnival

“Mask”- From A Mardi Gras Dictionary by Beverly B. Vidrime

Mardi Gras is finally here! New Orleans is full of tourists and locals alike, all coming together to join in on New Orleans’s biggest and brightest annual celebration. Many of us have witnessed the spectacle that is a Carnival parade, and below are pictured some examples of the wild colors that you can experience walking down the streets during this exciting time.

“Zulu” from A Mardi Gras Dictionary by Beverly B. Vidrime

There are the colors of gowns at Krewe balls, glittery masks, headdresses of Mardi Gras Indians, and the many beads and throws that we’ll be collecting over the next few days! Some of the materials in Special Collections display the variety of color that can be found in Carnivals past and present.

“Tiepolo, Le Menuet or Scene de la carnival (detail)” from Mardi Gras: New Orleans by Henri Schindler

“Allison (“Tootie”) Montana, Big Chief, Yellow Pocahontas, 1990″ from Mardi Gras Indians by Michael P. Smith

“Tootie (at right), Darryl Montana (in middle), Marlon Sennette (at left), Chantz Stevenson (Montana’s grandson), 1993″ from Mardi Gras Indians by Michael P. Smith

To view the books mentioned in this post, and other books about the history of Mardi Gras in New Orleans, visit Special Collections and Archives on the 3rd Floor of the Monroe Library.

Blog post by Maureen Kelly, a Special Collections work study student.

Found in the Archives is a recurring series of crazy cool stuff found in the Monroe Library’s Special Collections & Archives.

2 Responses to “The Colors of Carnival”

  1. Amelia Seidel Says:

    the fourth picture is upside down. I don’t know if anyone wants to fix this or not…

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