POSTED Thu. Mar 6, 2014

A visual carnival for carnival

A visual carnival for carnival
Adam Karlin
Written by ADAM KARLIN

Mardi Gras, as ever, is always a feast for the sense. In this vein: some of our favorite images and costumes, compiled from Lundi and Mardi Gras.

1 Unwieldy costumes are sometimes the most beautiful

I actually saw the contraption on this guy’s back being driven around the Bywater on Lundi Gras morning. I wondered if the thing – a sort of giant cardboard Adidas logo – would be part of a costume. Of course it was, and for the Red Beans & Rice parade, no less.

2 Pun-y themed group costumes are always a win

Well played, thou literary ‘beans,’ but I was kinda shocked no one did “The Unbearable Lightness of Bean.” Then again, that’s a lot of letters made of dried Camellias.

3 Wearing Louisiana on your sleeve, as it were

My favorite costume of perhaps all of carnival: a cypress tree growing out of the marsh over an outline of the state as a bird flies overhead. All made of beans.

4 Monday music before the big day

Aurora Nealand killing it as Maison on Lundi Gras night (perhaps we could dub that Mardi Gras Eve?).

5 Oh, you

This guy. Near the port-a-potties at the start of the St Anne parade.

6 Keeping dry during the rainiest Mardi Gras in recent memory

The rain, let’s face it, made any kind of walking parade pretty miserable. Umbrellas were the order of the day, including umbrellas that could protect you, your partner and your ride.

7 Costuming the cold

These folks came dressed as the Polar Vortex, which may have been the most timely costume of the day.

8 Danser pour un poulet

You don’t necessarily have to head to Cajun country to catch a chicken on Mardi Gras day.


    Our Local Publisher Partners

    • The Arts Council of New Orleans
    • WWNO
    • WWOZ
    • PRC
    • NOMA
    • The Historic New Orleans Collection
    • Southern Food
    • Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities
    The Arts Council of New Orleans

    The Arts Council of New Orleans is a private, non-profit organization designated as the City’s official arts agency. The Arts Council serves as one of eight regional distributing agencies for state arts funds and administers available municipal arts grants and the Percent For Art program for the City of New Orleans. The Arts Council works in partnership with the City of New Orleans, community groups, local, state, and national governmental agencies, and other nonprofit arts organizations to meet the arts and cultural needs of the New Orleans community through a diversity of initiatives and services.


    WWNO, the NPR member station for New Orleans, serves southeast Louisiana and parts of southwest Mississippi by broadcasting balanced news, thought provoking analysis, classical music, jazz and other musical styles, intelligent entertainment, and unique local content. We broadcast on 89.9 FM, and KTLN 90.5 FM in the Houma-Thibodaux area as a public service of the University of New Orleans. All of WWNO’s programs, including its growing local news coverage, are available online at


    WWOZ 90.7 FM is the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Station offering listener-supported, volunteer-programmed community radio. WWOZ covers many events live in and around the city and across the United States, and broadcasts live from the famed New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival annually. WWOZ’s mission is to be the worldwide voice, archive, and flag-bearer of New Orleans culture and musical heritage.


    Preservation Resource Center (PRC) has been preserving, restoring, and revitalizing New Orleans’ historic architecture and neighborhoods since 1974. Throughout its history, PRC has acted as an advocacy agent on a local, regional, and national scale, spreading the word about the city’s rich architectural heritage and the economic importance of preserving this heritage. PRC also takes a hands-on approach to preservation, with a history of successfully restoring over 1,400 properties. The center strengthens and revitalizes New Orleans in a way that is forward-looking and sustainable, yet sensitive to the city’s past and its heritage.


    As a nexus for the arts in New Orleans, NOMA is committed to preserving, interpreting, and enriching its collections and renowned sculpture garden; offering innovative experiences for learning and interpretation; and uniting, inspiring, and engaging diverse communities and cultures.

    The Historic New Orleans Collection

    The Historic New Orleans Collection (THNOC) is a museum, research center, and publisher dedicated to preserving the history and culture of New Orleans and the Gulf South. Its holdings comprise more than one million items from more than three centuries, documenting moments both major and minor. Its four exhibition spaces–the Williams Gallery, the Louisiana History Galleries, the Boyd Cruise Gallery, and the Laura Simon Nelson Galleries for Louisiana Art–faithfully depict the multicultural stories of the region, from permanent displays exploring the evolution of Louisiana to rotating exhibitions showcasing history and fine art.

    Southern Food

    The Southern Food and Beverage Museum is a nonprofit living history organization dedicated to the discovery, understanding and celebration of the food, drink and the related culture of the South. While based in New Orleans, the Museum examines and celebrates all the cultures that have come together through the centuries to create the South’s unique culinary heritage. The Museum is also home to the collections of the Museum of the American Cocktail, the Galerie d’Absinthe, and a demonstration kitchen.

    Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities

    The Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing educational opportunities to all Louisianans.

    The Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities’ mission is to provide all Louisianans with access to and an appreciation of their own rich, shared and diverse historical, literary and cultural heritage through grant-supported outreach programs, family literacy and adult reading initiatives, teacher professional development institutes, publications, film and radio documentaries, museum exhibitions, cultural tourism, public lectures, library projects, and other public humanities programming.



    was added to your favorites.



    Share On Twitter Share On Facebook