Learn more about your favorite holiday during Making Mardi Gras! The exhibition is on display Thursday, January 6 through Sunday, May 8 at The Historic New Orleans Collection and is generously sponsored by Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras World and Kern Studios. 

"This showstopping display invites visitors into the sprawling dens, late-night sewing sessions, and sweaty dance rehearsals where 'The Greatest Free Show on Earth' is created and re-created each year among the city’s diverse communities."

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Image courtesy of The Historic New Orleans Collection

Visitors will learn about 19th-century float artists, skeleton gangs, and house float creators while admiring the costumes and hand-painted coconuts. Admission to Marking Mardi Gras is free and available to view Tuesday–Saturday, 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. and Sunday from 10:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

The Historic New Orleans Collection is located at 520 Royal Street