The glitter and glitz of Mardi Gras in New Orleans draw people in, year after year. Floats, throws, and music all make memories that last a lifetime. In this joyful volume of photographs and essays, renowned photographer Judi Bottoni and Mardi Gras expert Peggy Scott Laborde capture some of the best moments from today’s Mardi Gras celebrations. From the Twelfth Night Revelers heralding the start of Carnival season to Zulu and Rex bringing it to a triumphant close, Mardi Gras Moments highlights what makes the experience unforgettable.
Relive scenes and music from famous parades and experience the signature floats that return year after year, including Endymion’s Pontchartrain Beach Float, Orpheus’s Smokey Mary, and Rex’s Boeuf Gras. Celebrities, including Will Ferrell, reign over super-krewes as kings. Women wear the crown in Iris, Nyx, and Muses—known for its coveted shoe throws. The Mardi Gras Indians and the Baby Dolls show off a proud history in costume and dance. The Rolling Elvi and ’tit Rǝx are just some of a wild profusion of show-stopping sub-krewes. The exuberance and thrill of Carnival are on full display in these stunning photographs.