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Mardi Gras Costumes

Mardi Gras Fun Facts:

  • One of the earliest recorded Mardi Gras celebrations in Southwest Louisiana is believed to have taken place nearly 140 years ago, back on Tuesday, Feb. 21, 1882.
  • Southwest Louisiana’s Mardi Gras celebration is the second-largest in the state behind New Orleans, featuring more than 60 different krewes.
  • The average Mardi Gras costume weighs more than 50 pounds and construction for next year’s costumes often begins just days after this year’s event.
  • Most of the caps that you see on the costume-wearers began as a simple piece of aluminum foil.
  • That the Mardi Gras Museum of Imperial Calcasieu contains the largest collection of Mardi Gras costumes in the world.
  • Cajun Mardi Gras costumes are often made of shirts and pants that feature large, colorful fringes.
  • The tall, pointy hats typically seen at a Cajun Mardi Gras celebration are called “capuchins” (pronounced cappy-shons) and are meant to parody the headdresses of France's noble ladies.
  • The first Miss Mardi Gras of Imperial Calcasieu was crowned in 1983 and the title went to Miss Christine Marie Campbell.
  • The Royal Gala held on Lundi Gras each year is the only event in the state that allows the public to see the Krewe's Royal Courts in costume.