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Mardi Gras! Many children know of Mardi Gras, but do they know about Mardi Gras? It is not just watching parades and wearing costumes, but knowing the history, traditions, and folklore that make up this unique holiday.
Mardi Gras in New Orleans is long parades and grand balls. But in the country, Mardi Gras is entirely different. For the first time, young Marianne and Claude will get to see le courir du Mardi Gras, or “The Run” as they stay at their grandmother’s farm. They wait in anticipation on Maw-Maw’s porch for the time when the masked horsemen will ride through the countryside, bringing excitement and mystery with their traditional wild antics. Hardcover.
Rendered in an unforgettable and flamboyant style, Mistretta’s poster series stands as a Mardi Gras tradition that has delighted locals and tourists alike since 1985. Created for lovers of New Orleans, art collectors, and Mardi Gras aficionados, this beautiful volume gathers all of the posters in the series—including those rare and out of print editions—for the first time to stunning effect.
The fantastic parade floats of Carnival’s Golden Age (1870-1930) illustrated themes drawn from mythology, epic literature, history, nature, and whimsy. Presented in this collection are thirty dazzling examples of original float designs as rendered in watercolor and lithographs—most of them reproduced here for the first time. Notecards.
The fantastic costumes of Carnival’s Golden Age (1870-1930) depicted themes drawn from mythology, epic literature, history, nature, and whimsy. Beginning with the first tableaux and pageant balls of the Twelfth Night Revelers, Rex, and the Knights of Momus, Golden Age costume design was a tremendous spectacle of whimsy, mythology, and satire. Costumes included an extraordinary array of creatures: demons, fairies, magicians, animals and vegetables real and imagined, and a host of others. Hardcover.
This collection contains dazzling examples of original costume designs as rendered in watercolor and lithographs—most of them reproduced here for the first time. These high-quality, color reproductions are suitable for framing. The Mardi Gras Treasures Series celebrates the artists and artisans of New Orleans Carnival who often toiled in anonymity. Though much of their executed designs has been lost, the designs themselves represent significant artistry and are collected in this series with a book and companion notecard and postcard packages covering various aspects of this exuberant celebration of the beginning of Lent.
The fantastic parade floats of Carnival’s Golden Age (1870-1930) depicted themes drawn from mythology, epic literature, history, nature, and whimsy. The glimmering processions of the masked gods and bearded kings of New Orleans Carnival occupy a central position among the rites and glories of this great festival. The long succession of these glowing, torch-lit pageants—with their towering monsters and fantastic decors, their papier-mâché kingdoms and diamond-dust thrones—became the greatest and most beloved of New Orleans communal rituals. Hardcover.
Though Mardi Gras had been celebrated in New Orleans for many years, the Golden Age of Carnival artistry began in the 1870s, and was marked by shimmering pageants and opulent private balls. These balls were attended by invitation only, and the invitations were as lushly executed as the balls and pageants themselves. Over two hundred invitations, dance cards, and admit cards are assembled here, with the vivid and mysterious artwork drawn from subjects in mythology, history, whimsy, and nature, by artists who often toiled in anonymity. Hardcover.
Perfect for sharing Mardi Gras with friends and family or for inviting them to Carnival, these notecards reproduce invitations of the Golden Age (1870-1930). Selected from the pages of the upcoming volume Mardi Gras Treasures: Invitations of the Golden Age, the images that grace these notecards extend invitations to visit the glorious past of New Orleans, which was ablaze with fantastic, torch-lit processions and opulent tableau balls.
Perfect for sharing Mardi Gras with friends and family or for inviting them to Carnival, these postcards reproduce invitations of the Golden Age (1870-1930). Selected from the pages of the upcoming volume Mardi Gras Treasures: Invitations of the Golden Age, the images that grace these postcards extend invitations to visit the glorious past of New Orleans, which was ablaze with fantastic, torch-lit processions and opulent tableau balls.
Exquisite in design and craftsmanship, Mardi Gras jewelry, offered as favors by krewe members, are cherished gifts, proudly worn year after year by the lucky recipients. As is everything related to Mardi Gras, these specially designed and crafted keepsakes are unique to the celebration and reveal the intricate detail observed in carrying out the annual tradition.
This collection contains stunning examples of royal jewelry of the golden age of Mardi Gras (1870-1930). These high-quality color reproductions are suitable for framing. 16 color postcards. 6 x 4.
New Orleans collectibles, and especially Mardi Gras collectibles, continue to be popular worldwide. This gorgeous volume of vintage Mardi Gras ball invitations, dance cards, and admit cards shows off just what kinds of collectibles are still available. Mardi Gras Treasures offers a wonderful look back on the glories of Carnival art, in a single volume that is itself a collector’s item. This special limited edition of 500 is numbered and signed by the author, presented in a lovely cloth slipcase.
In this pictorial study, the author recounts the history of Carnival in New Orleans, bringing to life in photographs and in text the color, the pulse, and the pageantry that have earned for this annual extravaganza the distinction as “the greatest free show on earth!”
This extravagantly illustrated volume from a well-respected New Orleans expert covers such topics as the place of the old-line krewes in the evolution of Mardi Gras, women’s groups, flambeaux, the Carnival foods, and more. Even with its loyalty to tradition, Carnival in New Orleans has changed dramatically since the 1980s. Terms such as Lundi Gras, Muses, Krewe d’Etat, and Orpheus are now part of the lexicon, while krewe names such as Venus, Mecca, and Freret survive only in trivia conversations and historical records. Fascinating and intimate, this book seamlessly intertwines the past with the present. The rich flavors of New Orleans—cultural and culinary—dance on every page of this handsome book.
Margaret Haughery gave everything she ever had to the orphans and the poor. Despite being unable either to read or write, she possessed an incredible business acumen, which allowed her to donate—including what she bequeathed in her will—more than $500,000 throughout her life. Paperback.
Illustrated with Cassatt’s own work and that of other influential Impressionists, as well as photographs of the artist, this book offers children a glimpse at life during the late 1800s and showcases the colorful vivaciousness of Cassatt’s work. Her beloved portraits of mothers and children are highlighted here, but the book also includes lesser-known work that shows Cassatt’s range of talent. Children will enjoy seeing the warm and loving images of others their age relaxing with pets, enjoying the outdoors, and being held by caring adults.
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