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The Complete Mardi Gras Costume Guide

The complete guide to assembling a Mardi Gras costume at specialty boutiques and thrift stores throughout New Orleans.

I am that girl on Mardi Gras day. Or, more appropriately, that mermaid: I’ve been a gold, shimmering mermaid every single Mardi Gras for the last five years. As I paint my eyelids green, don my costume carefully, arrange my wig for my Mardi Gras morning march with the Krewe of Saint Anne into the French Quarter, I know that it will be a day of fun, revelry and pictures.

If you’re not in costume for Carnival season, you’re not experiencing the true soul of New Orleans. We’re a city that loves to dress up, dance late, and have a good time. Best of all, costumes aren’t just for Mardi Gras Day, you can wear your costume at any parade or outing. A Mardi Gras costume needn’t be anything in particular and can go as far as you want to take it. Whether you just wear a fabulous wig, or make an elaborate costume, anything goes on Mardi Gras!

New Orleans costume shops for buying or renting a pre-made costume:

1. New Orleans Party & Costume
705 Camp Street
New Orleans LA 70130

2. Uptown Costume & Dancewear
4326 Magazine Street
New Orleans, LA 70115-2737
504-895-7969 ‎

3. Southern Costume Company
951 Lafayette Street
New Orleans, LA 70113

Thrift stores, wig shops, and make-up boutiques for those of you who want to spice up your costume or make your own!

1. Red White & Blue Thrift Store 
5050 Lapalco Blvd.
Marrero, LA 70072

2. Vieux Carre Hair Shop
8224 Maple Street
New Orleans, LA 70118

3. Fifi Mahony’s
934 Royal Street
New Orleans, LA 70116

4. Jo-Ann Fabrics & Crafts
1111 Veterans Memorial Boulevard
Metairie, LA 70005