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The Complete Mardi Gras Costume Guide

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
504-525-4744

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
504-523-4333

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
504-347-1512

2. Vieux Carre Hair Shop
8224 Maple Street
New Orleans, LA 70118
504-862-6936

3. Fifi Mahony’s
934 Royal Street
New Orleans, LA 70116
504-525-4343

4. Jo-Ann Fabrics & Crafts
1111 Veterans Memorial Boulevard
Metairie, LA 70005
504-834-2910