Elaborate, Colorful Disguise: Feathered & Sequined Mardi Gras “Masks”

Mardi Gras Decoration: Feathered & Sequined Delight
Mardi Gras Decoration: Feathered & Sequined Delight

Mardi Gras Masks of color and feathered delight. Celebratory emblems of revelry, indeed. The French pronunciation, “Mardi Gras” refers in English to “Fat Tuesday”. It is the annual “Carnival Celebration” held in New Orleans, Louisiana that the feathered and sequined masks that beckons my recollections of past revelry. The celebrations that begin two weeks prior and through “Fat Tuesday” (the culmination before Ash Wednesday), bring vivid recollections of my travels to the historic French Quarter of NOLA. Colorful warmth layered throughout the architecturally distinctive town. What better way to acknowledge the celebration from a city that revels behind the decoration of masks? The “Masks of Mardi Gras” deserve appreciation…

Masks Of "Mardi Gras": Celebrations In Viviid Color & Feathered Delight
Masks Of “Mardi Gras”: Celebrations In Viviid Color & Feathered Delight

Of course, a focus on history to further appreciate the emblem of Mardi Gras: the adornment of a mask. Of course, one must mention the multitude of strands of colorful beads. But alas, it is the delicate feathered and sequined masks of vivid color and detail that gains my attention every year that the season of the “Carnival” arrives on the shores of Louisiana. Historically, the celebration of Mardi Gras was brought to Louisiana by early French settlers. Of note, the first record of the holiday being celebrated in Louisiana was a the mouth of the Mississippi River on March 3, 1699. History is certainly entrenched with this colorful revelry of celebration! Although the actual date the festivities officially began in New Orleans is not certain, the celebration of color is a strong and vivid part of the history of New Orleans. Of additional interest, by 1743 the custom of “Carnival Balls” were already established. Poignant records of history for a colorful celebration, either way. Alas, the doning of a mask during processions on the streets of New Orleans’ French Quarter is layered and festooned within the history of Mardi Gras.

What would evolve into traditions as part of the Winter social season as a one-time “coming out” party for young women at debutante balls has evolved into a tradition of parades and masquerade balls. The largest and most elaborate parades taking place the last five days of the season known as “Carnival”. And stunning and elaborate, they are! The masks of disguise that line the streets and themed floats fill my memories…

Of course, I must mention the traditional colors of Mardi Gras: Purple, green and gold. Colors that are believed to have been chosen by the Grand Duke Alexis Alexandrovitch Romanoff of Russia during a visit to New Orleans in 1872 (who knew?) the colors were reaffirmed in 1892 when the “Rex Parade” theme “Symbolism of Colors” gave meaning to these colors of celebration. And of other Mardi Gras icons? Of course, the faces of “Comedy and Drama” and the “Fleur de lis” are also significant to the celebration of Mardi Gras. And the masks? A focus on an emblem of distinction for New Orleans, indeed…

Consider the decoration within the interior with a colorful array of feathered and sequined masks…

Mardi Gras "Masks" Of Disguise
Mardi Gras “Masks” Of Disguise
The "Masks Of Carnival":  Mardi Gras Decoration  Within The Interior
The “Masks Of Carnival”: Mardi Gras Decoration Within The Interior
Vibrant Adornment Of Decoration: Mardi Gras Masks Within The Interior
Vibrant Adornment Of Decoration: Mardi Gras Masks Within The Interior
Decorations Of Celebratory Nature:  Mardi Gras Masks
Decorations Of Celebratory Nature: Mardi Gras Masks
Feathered Traditions Of Disguise Embellishing The Interior:  Mardi Gras Masks
Feathered Traditions Of Disguise Embellishing The Interior: Mardi Gras Masks
Festive Decorations Within The Interior:  Mardi Gras Masks As Decor
Festive Decorations Within The Interior: Mardi Gras Masks As Decor

Of course, a visual appreciation of the beauty of disguise…the “Masks” of intrigue

Disguised Revelry:  Mardi Gras Masks Of Beauty
Disguised Revelry: Mardi Gras Masks Of Beauty

Consider with appreciation the feathered beauty of disguise. Enduringly linked as an emblem of Mardi Gras, consider the festive embellishment of decorate within the interior when one cannot attend the “Carnival” of celebration. The colorful array of feathered and sequined delights will surely add a sense of excitement paired with mystique. At a time of the year when my world within the Midwest can be typically covered and layered in snow, the brilliant, bright and festive masks bring forth recollections of festive and celebratory delight. And of the mask of elaborate and colorful disguise of feathered and sequined allure? My appreciation endures…

Kristin

PS: My suitcase upon departure? Filled with feathered masks. No matter where I reside during the Mardi Gras season of “Carnival”, the recollections of memorable times embellishes and surrounds my interior world….

Myself, New Orleans 2012:  Unmasked
Myself, New Orleans 2012: Unmasked But Feathered…

Myself, Behind A Mask Of Mardi Gras, 2014
Myself, Behind A Mask Of Mardi Gras, 2014


“Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler!” (French/ “Let the good times roll!”)

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