Skip to Main Content

Arts & Culture: Mardi Gras in New Orleans

Information on Arts & Culture in our area and throughout the state.

Mardi Gras Memorabilia

Laissez les Bons Temps Rouler!: Mardi Gras Memorabilia

1891 Krewe of Rex ball invitationMardi Gras (Fat Tuesday) and the Carnival that accompanies it are celebrated around the world, but no other festivities rival those held in New Orleans.  The full spectrum of Mardi Gras - parades, masquerade balls, parties - has been taking place in New Orleans since the early 1700s, and the memorabilia from these celebrations is very collectible today.  Of course, you can find beautiful masks, but most of the material centers around the krewes and their activities.   Krewes hold the various balls and parades associated with the festivities, and memorabilia from some of the oldest krewes is especially desirable.  Krewe favors, like a silk scarf or a number of jeweled pins, are lovely, but the gorgeous ephemera, like a proclamation for a Mardi Gras king, or the beautiful invitation (pictured above) to a ball that's reminiscent of illuminated manuscripts make it clear that the good times have been rolling in New Orleans for a long, long time! 

Want to see more antique Mardi Gras memorabilia?  Visit our database, p4A Antiques Reference, to find some exquisite examples of past Mardi Gras fun and pageantry.

Mardi Gras History

Zulu Parade float riders


There are many, many websites devoted to New Orleans' Mardi Gras celebrations, but these two are the most comprehensive and the most accurate.

Mardi Gras Krewes

Mardi Gras Books

A sampling of books in our collection.

Mardi Gras Indians

mardi gras indian