Mardi Gras encompasses a whole lot more than just parades — though certainly parades are a large part of the Carnival Season. See some of the many facets that go into “making Mardi Gras” with our video series below.
Videos: Making Mardi Gras
As with so much in New Orleans, music is a key component of Mardi Gras. And perhaps no band is more beloved at Carnival time than the St. Augustine Marching 100.
Integral to any parade worth its salt are the fantastical floats, many of which are created at Kern Studios.
The dance moves
Marching troupes abound at Mardi Gras, and a fan favorite is the all-male dance troupe, the 610 Stompers.
The cultural traditions
Mardi Gras Indians work tirelessly to create beautiful, hand-beaded suits that they wear on Mardi Gras Day.
The sweet ride
Krewe of Iris lets us ride along to see what it’s like when you’re actually on a float during a parade.
The incredible costumes
LGBT krewes dazzle us year in and year out with there imaginative, painstakingly crafted costumes.
All together now
See how the puzzle pieces join together to create the “greatest free show on earth.”