The Second Line World of Mardi Gras Parasols

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Before people embark on their 6-week sacrifice of Lent come Ash Wednesday, some areas hold a big party where they can indulge in their own desires. The French and those in New Orleans may call it Mardi Gras. Others like the Venetians call it Carnival. Anyway, while those in Venice often don masks and dress in lavish costumes for masquerade balls, those in New Orleans usually tend to hold costumed parades with jazz music and floats. While the costumes in Venice reflect that of a bygone era, the costumes in New Orleans are incredibly festive that they may include some flamboyant parasols among them. Some can contain flashy sequins. Some might have feathers. While some may consist of fringe. So for your reading pleasure, I give you an assortment of parasols for Mardi Gras. Enjoy.

  1. A gold parasol should always have purple feathers.
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Well, the feathers are fake. But it’s also covered in Mardi Gras beads around the folds.

2. There’s so much music on this parasol.

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Well, the notes, clefs, and guitars are in pink. Trimmed with red fringe. Touched by black bows and red feathers.

3. A purple parasol should have all the trimmings.

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Has Mardi Gras beads and gold fleur de lis on all sides. Love the purple feathers around the rims.

4. This umbrella is trimmed with money.

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Okay, they’re plastic gold coins. Though you see some fringe along this parasol as well.

5. Perhaps a paper parasol may suit you.

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This one has fleur de lis stenciled and painted in gold, purple, and green. So lovely.

6. Golden fringe always goes with black.

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This one has embroidered fleur de lis. Perfect for any Mardi Gras parade or wedding.

7. Sometimes all a Mardi Gras parasol needs is a big festive bow.

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This one is made from a gold bordered see through ribbon. Also includes feathers for a more festive touch.

8. This parasol will bring music to the scene.

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This one uses a guitar handle for the stem. Includes fringe and feathers.

9. Green and purple always make for a great Mardi Gras parasol.

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This one has a purple bow on top with shiny jingles. Covered with crowns and masks.

10. Even Saints fans can use a parasol for Mardi Gras.

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This one has a “Who Dat?” bow on top. Also consists of sequin fleur de lis and golden fringe.

11. A black parasol can always use something extra.

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This large parasol has fringe on the bottom and a bouquet of roses on top. Though they’re mostly in gold.

12. Your parasol can never have enough pink fringe.

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This one has 3 rows of fringe. Like the small mask with feathers.

13. Those at LSU might want a Mardi Gras parasol like this.

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Though college football season takes place in the fall. While Mardi Gras is in February or March.

14. Sometimes feathers are all you need.

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This one is a fancy white parasol. While the feathers are in lavender.

15. Don’t forget to add some treble.

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Well, this one has a golden treble clef. Like the black bow on top and fringe.

16. When in doubt, you might want to go with lace.

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This one uses green and purple lace with purple and yellow ribbons. Love it.

17. You can always use shiny beads to decorate.

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This one consists of a fleur de lis, a purple treble clef, a mask, and music notes. So pretty.

18. Sometimes a simple white parasol is all you need.

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this one has gold tassles on the rim. While a large golden bow sits on top.

19. Perhaps you can use a few fleur de lis.

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This one has 4 shiny gold fleur de lis and a ribbon to divide them. Love the bow though.

20. When it comes with Mardi Gras parasols, the more colorful the better.

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This one has sides in purple, green, and yellow. Includes sequins, music notes, and masks.

21. There’s nothing more festive on a Mardi Gras parasol than masks.

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Well, it has a purple mask. Also consists of pom poms, feathers, crowns, and Mardi Gras beads.

22. A simple white parasol can always use a festive touch.

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This one has a blue bow with some green squiggles. Love the white fringe.

23. Perhaps your parasol can use some glitter.

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Okay, the images are more or less made out of sequins. Consists of masks and fleur de lis. Love the purple feathers.

24. No parasol can have too many ribbons.

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This one has New Orleans Saints ribbons in black and gold. While the fleur de lis is in sequins.

25. A black lace parasol can always use some ornamentation.

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This one has crosses, jewels, and ribbons. Perfect for any Mardi Gras funeral.

26. A silver Mardi Gras parasol should always contain blue feathers.

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Also contains silver Mardi Gras beads. As a silver fleur de lis sits on top.

27. Salute your LSU Tigers with this Mardi Gras parasol.

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Decorated with Tigers insignia encrusted in the fabric. Includes Mardi Gras beads, a gold fleur de lis on top, and purple feathers.

28. You’ll find masks all around this Mardi Gras parasol.

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This one has masks embroidered on some of the sides. Love the purple feathers though.

29. A black shiny parasol should always look festive.

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Has a gold fleur de lis sitting on top. Includes gold Mardi Gras beads and black feathers.

30. A festive Mardi Gras parasol should always shimmer.

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This one has 2 fleur de lis in purple and green. While the feathers are in green, purple, and yellow.

31. A black parasol can always use a feather plume.

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This one has fleur de lis on all sides. Also consists of gold decoration.

32. A white parasol can uses some colorful masks.

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This one has feather masks of many different colors. Has a crown on top.

33. A black parasol is easy to customize.

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Includes masks, crowns, feathers, and Mardi Gras beads. Love the crown on top.

34. Nothing is jazzier on Mardi Gras than a pink parasol.

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This one has a saxophone with pink plumes along with lace and roses at the ends. Pink fringe lies along the edges. Great for any Mardi Gras party.

35. A silver parasol should always sparkle.

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This one has sparkly fleur de lis. Like the jewels and silver bow. So pretty.

36. A purple parasol should have all the trimmings.

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This one his trimmed with lace and fringe. Also contains yellow jewels and ribbons.

37. A large gold bow really stands out on a black parasol.

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This one has fleur de lis painted on the sides. While the edges have feathers. Though I love the bow.

38. Perhaps you’d like a golden parasol with pink feathers.

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This one is spray-painted gold with a golden fleur de lis. Includes pink Mardi Gras beads as well.

39. Of course, no parasol can’t be complete without a peacock.

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Well, the peacock is fake. Yet, the feathers make this parasol sensational.

40. Sometimes two Mardi Gras parasols must match.

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One is green with a purple plume and fringe. The other is purple with a green plume and fringe.

41. A purple parasol for Mardi Gras can be quite fancy.

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This one has shiny jewels and sequin decorations. But the purple plume really stands out here.

42. Perhaps you might prefer a parasol of blue lace.

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This one is said to include LED lights. Bad for a rainy day. Perfect for Mardi Gras.

43. At weddings, you might prefer plain parasols with feathers.

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You see a lot of these parasols when you do a Google search. Still, it’s kind of annoying.

44. Wedding parasols must always match.

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Each of these has gold coins, feathers, and a fleur de lis. Don’t ask since this is a New Orleans tradition.

45. A pink parasol should have all kinds of jewels.

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This one has colorful feathers near the top. Though the jewels make it extra sparkly.

46. A white parasol should always have some decorations.

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Has jewels, fleur de lis, and green, yellow, and purple feathers. Though it can use a fancy ornament on top.

47. Fun party decorations can always belong on a parasol.

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Yes, I know it kind seems more party store style than the others. But it certainly belongs in a Mardi Gras parade.

48. You can never have too many fleur de lis on a parasol.

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And you see them in yellow, green, and purple. The edge is trimmed with lace by the way.

49. A purple parasol can always be a sparkling sight.

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This one has Mardi Gras beads and fleur de lis. The bird’s pretty, too.

50. A circular parasol should always be decked out.

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Covered with jewels, fleur de lis, and feathers. Love it.

51. A red parasol will always stand out from the music.

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This one has a treble clef, crowns, and musical notes. Like the bow on top.

52. A sparkly white parasol must shimmer.

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This one is covered in jewels. Like the feathers and plume.

53. The fancier your Mardi Gras parasol, the better.

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This one has sequins and is covered with green, purple, white, and gold patches. Love the purple feathers.

54. A gold parasol with yellow feathers can be quite festive.

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Includes a shiny fleur de lis on tops. Also comprises of gold Mardi Gras beads, too.

55. When it comes to black parasols, feel free to give it a great impression.

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Has 2 fleur de lis and a festive garland. But I love the bow the best.

56. A white parasol should always have a matching plume and feathers.

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Has some gold sequin fleur de lis and other decorations. Guess this is a companion for a wedding second line.

57. You can’t go wrong on Mardi Gras with a parasol of black.

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This one has coins and fleur de lis all over the sides. Also trimmed with black and gold feathers.

58. A Mardi Gras parasol should be in green, yellow, and purple.

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59. A lacy black parasol should have black feathers.

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Also, not a good one for a rainy day. Includes golden crowns and other decorations.

60. A parasol with rainbow feathers always creates a colorful impression.

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Well, it’s black with nothing much on it. Though the feather colors are amazing.

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The Hidden World of Mardi Gras Masks

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Another big February holiday that’s coming up is Mardi Gras as Carnival season will soon be in full swing back in Europe. And one of the features in Carnival are these fancy masks. They may give you an impression of what you see in a masquerade ball with dazzling costumes as you might’ve seen in my post on the Venetian Carnival. This year, with Ash Wednesday falling on Valentine’s Day, it’s fair to say that Mardi Gras will fall on the day before. So I might as well get it out of the way if I can. Still, the masks can be as elaborate as the costumes themselves as you can see above. Some have gold. Some have feathers. Some have lovely embroidery. And some even have jewels. But each mask can be beautiful in its own way. So for your reading pleasure, I give you an assortment of unique Mardi Gras masks.

  1. A bejeweled mask always sparkles.

This is a silver and jeweled Mardi Gras mask meant for a wedding. And yes, it probably costs more than some wedding dresses.

2. A jester mask is perfect for a festive occasion.

This one has golden jingles and thread. But the hat is in purple silk.

3. You can always shine in a mask with pearls.

Well, this one mostly has embroidery. But it’s the pearls that really make it shine.

4. A golden mask has a certain kind of elegance.

This one is a metal mask. Looks incredibly delicate. Not sure if I’d want to wear it on my face.

5. Couples’ masks should always be color coordinated.

The golden one with horses is the man’s. The golden one with jewels and embroidery is the woman’s. And I suppose the costumes match as well.

6. A blue mask should come with beats and feathers.

This one has beaded blue flowers, black embroidery, and blue feathers. And you can hold it over your face with a stick.

7. A black jester mask has a certain mystique to it.

Also has some gold on the eyes as well as black fabric with jingles. I guess this one doesn’t come cheap.

8. Sometimes a simple white mask will do.

Has a silk flower and silver trim. Seems as if you can make this one yourself from stuff at a craft store.

9. You can always make a mask sparkle with glitter.

This one has purple and silver glitter all over it. Still, got to love the shape and design.

10. An ornate golden mask should come with a few jewels on it.

This one has an intricate golden design that almost seems antique. Still, love the pearls and jewels on it. Lovely.

11. Perhaps a black mask may suit your fancy.

This one has feathers and jewels with gold embroidery on the edges. And all on black silk.

12. If you don’t like feathers, how about a mask with a butterfly wing?

The butterfly wing is silver with stones encrusted. Still, seems quite delicate to wear.

13. A jester mask can always use a few jingles.

This one is in classic Mardi Gras colors of yellow, green, white, and purple. But it seems more Venetian Carnival than New Orleans.

14. A Mardi Gras masks can come with a special touch.

This one is also in classic Mardi Gras colors. But it has purple flower decoration in silk.

15. Perhaps a mask with a diamond pattern could suit your fancy.

This golden mask has a diamond pattern in black, red, white, and gold. And it has a flower design on the top.

16. A white mask can always use some lace.

This one also contains feathers and beaded flowers. Perfect for a masquerade party.

17. A mask like this comes in all rainbow colors.

And they’re all stacked against each other as if they go together. They also have matching ribbons.

18. A purple mask can always use some fancy feathers.

This one has golden glitter. But the flamboyant purple feathers really make this mask stand out.

19. Speaking of feathers, how about ones in purple and green?

Also has a jewel in the front. Are the feathers fake? Looks like it. But hey, it’s for the festive occasion.

20. Black feathers always give a mask a certain mystique.

This one also has black glitter around the eyes. And it contains a jewel on the top for added elegance.

21. A fancy purple mask should come with a fancy stick.

Bet you can find this one at a masquerade ball. Love the jewel and feathers.

22. A pink mask should come with all the trimmings.

This one comes with a flower, feathers, ribbons, and fringe. And you can hold it with a stick.

23. A jester mask can sometimes intimidate.

This is a joker Venetian mask. And it seems to match the gold diamond one I previously showed. Still, quite exquisite to look at.

24. A green mask can show exquisite taste.

This one seems to be covered in velvet with feathers and ribbons. But it’s nonetheless festive.

25. A joker’s hat can consist of purple triangle strips.

Seems easy enough. Though I think this mask is specially made. Also, the ruff is purple as well.

26. Anyone would die for a mask of encrusted stones.

Though I suspect those aren’t real diamonds. Else it would be very expensive. Still, seems quite delicate.

27. A simple mask can always have some festive decorations.

Yet, from the mask I see here, this one seems like a DIY. Still, love the feathers.

28. A feathered mask should always include one from a peacock.

Well, peacock feathers are always associated with Mardi Gras. But this one is quite festive.

29. For added mystery, you might want a mask of black lace.

Comes with a black feather and red roses. Great for a black lace dress.

30. For more elegance, try a few peacock feathers.

This green one also has purple feathers and ribbons. Nonetheless, it’s quite fancy.

31. Perhaps you might want a small gold hat with your pink mask.

Well, it’s a very tiny hat with a pink feather and flowers. Still, got to love the design.

32. A beaded mask can always stand out at a ball.

Well, this one is encrusted with jewels of all kinds of colors. But you have to admire the detail.

33. With this mask, you can see a golden swan.

Because part of the mask has a swan decoration on it. Seems as graceful as it appears delicate.

34. Couples’ masks should always match.

These are both black and gold. And I guess they go with costumes with similar colors and styles.

35. To stand out, try a mask with long horns.

Yes, this seems quite intimidating and one you can poke someone’s eye out. Still, looks pretty awesome.

36. How about a golden mask trimmed with black?

There are black sequins on the eye slits and borders. But it has a beaded and feathered decoration.

37. Perhaps you might want to wear a black velvet mask with lace.

Well, it has lace along the edges. But it has an ornate strap on the back as well.

38. A black velvet mask could use a few feathers.

This one has golden trim to match. Yet, it’s the feathers that grab my attention.

39. A blue and white mask should include the moon.

Well, it’s blue on one side and white on the other. Yet, the moon on this one is a blue crescent.

40. This blue beak mask comes with some ornate pearls.

Looks quite fancy with silver brocade. Nevertheless, love the pearls on silver chains.

41. A blue and white mask can come with a quality decoration.

This one has blue feathers and a flower. And it’s covered in blue glitter.

42. An ornate black mask can have as many decorations as you want it to.

This one has all kinds of stuff on it like feathers and beads. Not sure how to put this one on.

43. You can shine at carnival with even a partial mask.

This one has a feather decoration with a jewel. Not to mention, some decor on the mask itself.

44. Perhaps you might want to wear a gold and blue mask.

This one is gold with a blue swan in glitter. Includes feathers and a flower.

45. Sparkle at the masquerade ball with this jewel encrusted mask.

This one certainly doesn’t look at all cheap. Wouldn’t be surprised if it costs as much as a car. Comes in a fancy stick.

46. You can always impress in a mask of spectacular feathers.

You might easily wear this one with a fancy dress. Love the gold and jewel decorations, too.

47. This Venetian mask has some small paintings.

I guess this one is an antique museum piece. Still, you have the love the detail.

48. A mask like this is as simple as black and white.

Well, it’s black on one side and white on the other. And each side has its own decorations.

49. Be the envy of the ball with this golden mask of black feathers.

You can see this fancy gold mask has black glitter around the eyes. But the feathers really show.

50. A golden mask should come with golden roses.

Comes with golden tulle under the golden roses. Still, it’s quite lovely.

51. Capture that mysterious elegance with a mask of black metal.

Has jewels at the top. Nonetheless, I’m sure people will recognize you wearing this one.

52. Jewels can even sparkle among gold embroidery.

Well, it’s quite fancy and ornate. Still, got to love the flowery designs.

53. Perhaps you’d want a small butterfly on your mask.

Well, it’s a fancy mask with a small metal butterfly. Looks quite delicate even with the black stone.

54. A red mask should always be fancy.

This one has jewels at the center. Touched off with a feather, bow, and jewel piece.

55. A purple mask should come with a matching purple feather.

This one is covered with glitter and jewels. Still, love the feathers and jewels on the side.

56. A black lace mask with a jewel can cause quite a sensation.

This one has a bow and jewel at the side. Still, this is quite a magnificent sight to see.

57. Sometimes all a mask needs is a jewel on top.

This one has a jewel on top along with smaller stones around the eyes. Heightens the mystique if you get my drift.

58. You might prefer a black metal mask encrusted with pink jewels.

Well, its quite fancy as it’s delicate. Not sure if I’d want to wear it though.

59. Perhaps you might want a jester mask with a velvet hat.

The hat is mostly purple and green with gold embroidery. Also has glitter on the eyes and a gold ball on the nose.

60. How about a Mardi Gras masks of diamonds?

The diamonds are yellow, green, and purple. Has a plume on the side with those same colors.

61. There’s a certain elegance with a macramé gold mask of jewels.

This one is quite fancy. Though the jewels really shimmer on this mask. Love it.

62. Perhaps you might want this beaky mask of diamonds?

This one has gold on the eyes. Nevertheless, it looks kind of creepy to me.

63. You’d almost think this mask brings music to the ears.

This one is white with golden trimmed eyes and gold and white rope on the edge. Still, it’s quite lovely.

64. You’d almost think this mask was meant for the Queen of Diamonds.

Well, it has quite a regal disposition. But you have to love the pattern and design.

65. How about a white mask with a green cloth flower?

This one has gold trim on the edges and eyes. Yet, I really like the decoration on the side.

66. A mysterious black velvet mask should come with some beaded trim.

This one has jewels and bead decorations. Great for any little black dress at a masquerade.

67. A fancy purple mask should always impress with feathers.

This one has yellow and purple ribbons. Also, includes yellow trim around the eyes and edge. So pretty.

68. With this mask, you’ll be shrouded in mystery.

This gold one includes black and gold glitter. Love the sparkly golden rope edging. And it comes on a stick.

69. Sometimes a simple flower is all you need.

This one has gold embroidery on the eyes and edges. And the purple flower is touched with a purple ribbon.

70. You can make a spectacular entrance with this black feathered mask.

This one has jewels around the face. And it has a black stone on the top above the nose.

71. You might see a tune on this black long nosed mask.

Well, along the eyes at least. Still, you have to love the gold decorative detail on it.

72. Perhaps you might want a mask of black feathers and beads.

Not sure what to make about the feathers. Yet, I do like the black sequins around the eyes.

73. A black mask can always use some purple sparkle.

Got to love the glitter on this one. Really brings out the eyes. There’s also purple trim along the edges, too.

74. How about a pink mask with black lace?

This one has black trim around the eyes and edges. Still, love the black jeweled decoration on the sides.

75. You’d almost think this mask was made for a Spanish tango.

This is a red mask covered in black lace. Includes a red rose and feather. Lovely.

76. You’d almost swear these jewels shimmer like the sun.

This one has purple stones on it as far as I can tell. Love the sparkle.

77. Perhaps a sinister jester mask may suit your fancy.

Well, it certainly seems sinister to me. Still, it has plenty of jingles and shiny cloth for the hat and collar.

78. How about a mask with a feather headdress?

Well, this one has black and blue feathers around the face. Quite exquisite if you ask me.

79. A bright blue mask should be brightly decorated.

Well, it’s a feather swan mask anyway. Comes with a blue feather and all kinds of ribbons.

80. If you want to look like Big Bird’s evil twin, this hooked nose mask is for you.

Well, it’s quite ornate with gold covering part of it. Love the detail. Great if you dressed as a plague doctor.

81. A fancy black mask should come with feathers and flowers.

This one has a black swan in glitter on it. Yet, you have to love the feather and rose on the side.

82. A black and gold mask can always impress.

This one has black and gold flowers and black lace edging. Not sure what the branches are for though.

83. A red and gold mask like can brighten a festive occasion.

Has jewels on the top. Includes red tassels on each side. So pretty.

84. Everyone will remember this blue mask with a black swan.

This one is quite ornate that you have to admire the style. Love the decoration on the other

85. You can easily flutter in this black metal butterfly mask.

Well, it’s not entirely black. But you have to like the beautiful design. Not sure if I’d like to wear it though.

86. A fancy red mask should be decked in jewels and lace.

This is quite lovely. Great with a scarlet dress if you want to be that scarlet woman.

87. How about a red mask with feathers and a swan?

Yes, the red and black feathers are quite high. And the swan is made in gold.

88. It really fans out on a mask like this.

This purple one with quite ornate. Love the lace trim and purple tassel.

89. This jester mask contains many tarot pictures.

Indeed, since it makes the mask seem fancy. Though I’m not really sure what to make of it.

90. You’ll find plenty of fans unfolded on a pink mask like this.

This one has lace on the fan edges as well. Still, not sure if I could hold it in front of my face.

91. Perhaps you might want to wear this mask of encrusted stones.

This one has beads on the edges. Kind of shimmers in the right light. Love it.

92. You can always wow a crowd with this elaborate golden mask.

Indeed, it is quite ornate. Love the gold designs and the beaded fringe.

93. How about the tall feathers on this pink mask?

Well, that’s kind of an understatement. Still, if you can wear this at a party, I’d be impressed.

94. A red flower always accentuates a shiny red mask.

This one has a jewel in the center. Got to love the flowers in this as well.

95. A scarlet mask like this can always wow a crowd.

This one has red flowers and feathers. And yes, it’ll go well with any red dress.

96. How about a mask that brings in the light?

Sure it looks pretty tacky. But putting lights on a mask is quite an original idea.

97. You’ll find plenty of jewels on this Mardi Gras mask.

This one is in white with gold and black glitter as well. But it’s the jewels that truly shine.

98. A blue mask has to have gold and jewels to dazzle.

This one is quite fancy. Love the gold design and the encrusted jewels around the eyes.

99. You can’t go wrong wearing a gold mask with feathers.

This one has some lace on the edge. But the feathers are quite a sight.

100. Perhaps a golden mask would shimmer with a rose.

This one has golden branches with berries along with leaves. But it’s nonetheless magnificent.

Dazzling Masquerade Costumes at the Carinval of Venice

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Next week is Mardi Gras which marks an occasion of parties and parades before Christians the world over take part in their 6 week sacrifice over the course of Lent. And while most Americans think New Orleans whenever they hear about Mardi Gras, it’s actually celebrated the world over. One of the best known Mardi Gras celebrations is Carnival which can last at least a week prior to Fat Tuesday or longer. One of the most famous is the Carnival of Venice, best known for its elaborate masks and costumes. It was said that this festival in the city of singing gondolas and canals was first celebrated in 1162 for the victory of  a victory of the “Serenissima Repubblica” against the Patriarch of Aquileia, Ulrico di Treven with people gathering and dancing at San Marco Square. Venice would make their Carnival official during the Renaissance and would achieve great renown and notoriety. In the 17th century, the Carnival of Venice was a way to save the city’s prestigious image while it attracted notoriety in the 18th as encouraging license and pleasure and protecting Venetians from present and future anguish. Nevertheless, the King of Austria would outlaw the festival entirely in 1797 while the use of masks was strictly forbidden. But that didn’t stop the famous carnival from gradually reappearing in the 19th century, but only for short periods and above all for private feasts where it became an occasion for works of art. The Carnival would officially return in 1979 thanks to the Italian government making it a centerpiece wanting to bring back Venice’s history and culture. College students redeveloped some of the masks to sell to tourists. And since then, the Carnival of Venice attracts about 3 million visitors each year. They even have a mask beauty contest to boot that’s judged by international costume and fashion designers. At any rate, the Carnival of Venice is well known for its style of gorgeous costumes and masks. So for your reading pleasure, I give you a glimpse into the colorful world of the Venice Carnival.

  1. At the masquerade, it always pays to dress in blue.
For some reason, a lot of couples wear similar colored costumes. And they seem to come straight from the Cavalier Years.

For some reason, a lot of couples wear similar colored costumes. And they seem to come straight from the Renaissance and Cavalier Years.

2. Floral motifs can be customary for spring time.

And I see she's dressed in pink and purple with flowers to boot. She even has a matching tri corner hat.

And I see she’s dressed in pink and purple with flowers to boot. She even has a matching tri corner hat.

3. A fancy hat can sometimes make all the difference.

Well, this one is quite fancy. Love the gold embroidery and skirt.

Well, this one is quite fancy. Love the gold embroidery and skirt.

4. A lady jester should always have a matching hat and dress.

Yes, she may look like a 16th century Harley Quinn. But jesters are common in Venetian Carnival celebrations.

Yes, she may look like a 16th century Harley Quinn. But jesters are common in Venetian Carnival celebrations.

5. Yet, while some go all out, others prefer to dress in black.

Yes, that may resemble Big Bird's evil twin. But he's dressed as a plague doctor who wore a mask like that protect himself against getting sick from his patients. Unfortunately, this wasn't very effective.

Yes, that may resemble Big Bird’s evil twin. But he’s dressed as a plague doctor who wore a mask like that protect himself against getting sick from his patients. Unfortunately, this wasn’t very effective.

6. There’s nothing that brings out the chic like silver.

Yeah, you tend to find a lot of costumes consisting of one color like these two. Still, you might think their outfits would be great for a haunted house. If they weren't incredibly fancy.

Yeah, you tend to find a lot of costumes consisting of one color like these two. Still, you might think their outfits would be great for a haunted house. If they weren’t incredibly fancy.

7. A white snow queen should always make a grand entrance.

Had Frozen taken place in a place like Venice, it might've been way creepier. And there would be no doubt Lady Gaga would play Queen Elsa in the live-action remake.

Had Frozen taken place in a place like Venice, it might’ve been way creepier. And there would be no doubt Lady Gaga would play Queen Elsa in the live-action remake.

8. With these two, their heads are bursting with flowers.

Well, spring won't be long so they might as well wear hats like that. Though their outfits are quite stunning to behold.

Well, spring won’t be long so they might as well wear hats like that. Though their outfits are quite stunning to behold.

9. A dress of hot pink makes one really stand out.

Though the elaborate headdress doesn't do that outfit wonders. But I like the gold trim.

Though the elaborate headdress doesn’t do that outfit wonders. But I like the gold trim.

10. So I guess we have a couple of visitors from Candy Land.

According to their 18th century pastel attire, they seem to be. Though I think the skirts are supposed to mimic a carousel top.

According to their 18th century pastel attire, they seem to be. Though I think the skirts are supposed to mimic a carousel top.

11. A dress of lavender always makes a classy look.

Here we see her with a purple parasol and hat along with an ornate mask mirror. All in all, I think this is try gorgeous.

Here we see her with a purple parasol and hat along with an ornate mask mirror. All in all, I think this is try gorgeous.

12. An orange dress should have floral decor to match.

Apparently, the two seem t resemble very elaborate traffic cones. Though that just might be for the hoops skirts.

Apparently, the two seem t resemble very elaborate traffic cones. Though that just might be for the hoops skirts.

13. Is that a detached boat figurehead or a living statue?

Certainly looks like a golden girl to me. But not in the tradition of Betty White per se.

Certainly looks like a golden girl to me. But not in the tradition of Betty White per se. Also, What’s with the hat?

14. At times, it can be easy to go all out with feathers.

Yes, these costumes could get very elaborate. No, I'm not sure what Lady Gaga would wear to this. Though this is not a bad guess.

Yes, these costumes could get very elaborate. No, I’m not sure what Lady Gaga would wear to this. Though this is not a bad guess.

15. Neon green can always make a presence in small quantities.

Though it works better as an accent color as seen here. Not sure about the veil.

Though it works better as an accent color as seen here. Not sure about the veil.

16. If you’re a traveling minstrel, a short skirt is sometimes necessary.

Though it's just as elaborate with a headdress and lyre to match. Though the headdress contains wild feathers.

Though it’s just as elaborate with a headdress and lyre to match. Though the headdress contains wild feathers.

17. Even Egyptian royals want to get into the festivities.

I'm sure you might see these pop up quite a bit. Though they're both decked in blue and gold.

I’m sure you might see these pop up quite a bit. Though they’re both decked in blue and gold.

18. Sometimes you’ll have to dress to impress.

This woman has puffed sleeves, a hoop skirt, and a fancy headdress. How she keeps her head up, I don't know.

This woman has puffed sleeves, a hoop skirt, and a fancy headdress. How she keeps her head up, I don’t know.

19. To dress in purple is to show a certain degree of grace.

Though this is more of a later 19th century garb than anything which is quite unusual. Though just as lovely.

Though this is more of a later 19th century garb than anything which is quite unusual. Though just as lovely.

20. Golden attire can always shimmer at San Marco Square.

She even holds a rose in her golden dress. Though her headdress sports a golden veil.

She even holds a rose in her golden dress. Though her headdress sports a golden veil.

21. Even men occasionally want to shine like the sun.

Though an outfit like this makes it seem rather ridiculous. Though it all seems to match.

Though an outfit like this makes it seem rather ridiculous. Though it all seems to match.

22. For some couples, it pays to accentuate the shoulders.

Though I'd sure hate to stand behind these two. Like their outfits though.

Though I’d sure hate to stand behind these two. Like their outfits though.

23. To welcome spring, a dress in green is sometimes appreciated.

Though this isn't as bad as the lime green you'd see on PennDOT workers. However, you'd think she'd create a neon impression.

Though this isn’t as bad as the lime green you’d see on PennDOT workers. However, you’d think she’d create a neon impression.

24. A pink dress makes you a darling around the Venetian canals.

Well, she certainly resembles an 18th century beauty. Like the pink hat and flowers.

Well, she certainly resembles an 18th century beauty. Like the pink hat and flowers.

25. A noble lady may occasionally go for a conniving knave.

I can see that both are dressed in black and purple. Love the woman's hat.

I can see that both are dressed in black and purple. Love the woman’s hat.

26. A couple of jesters can enliven the festivities.

Like I said, there are a lot of jesters at the Venice Carnival. Though I think these two really stand out for me.

Like I said, there are a lot of jesters at the Venice Carnival. Though I think these two really stand out for me.

27. With these two, it’s always for the birds.

Sure their outfits might not be period accurate. But you have to admit they have some charm.

Sure their outfits might not be period accurate. But you have to admit they have some charm.

28. Sometimes the more elaborate the robe the better.

You should get the idea this is a guy. But you have to admire his golden staff.

You should get the idea this is a guy. But you have to admire his golden staff.

29. At the Carnival of Venice, there’s no such ting as too much gold embroidery.

Though you might say these two come quite close. Though at least their outfits match.

Though you might say these two come quite close. Though at least their outfits match.

30. Even a radiant beauty needs some shade now and then.

Though how she could get through doorways is the question. Nevertheless, she looks like a queen.

Though how she could get through doorways is the question. Nevertheless, she looks like a queen.

31. Any fair lady can look ravishing in red.

So simple, yet so elegant. Not showy, but just as ornate as some of the others.

So simple, yet so elegant. Not showy, but just as ornate as some of the others.

32. These two apparently have a flowery disposition.

And decked in flowers these two sure are. Like their hats.

And decked in flowers these two sure are. Like their hats.

33. There are some Venice Carnival costumes that can range from the regal to the outlandish.

She may dress fancy but she looks like a queen or fairy princess. The guy on the other hand, well, he kind of puts Lady Gaga to shame.

She may dress fancy but she looks like a queen or fairy princess. The guy on the other hand, well, he kind of puts Lady Gaga to shame.

34. Seems her dress is filled with nothing but hot air.

Okay, she's wearing a hot air balloon skirt. And a hot air balloon headdress. Don't ask.

Okay, she’s wearing a hot air balloon skirt. And a hot air balloon headdress. Don’t ask.

35. These two always go together like the sun and the moon.

Though they may not be out at the same time, they respect each other's personal space. Still, got to admire their costumes.

Though they may not be out at the same time, they respect each other’s personal space. Still, got to admire their costumes.

36. Sometimes it helps to stick to a pattern.

However, I'm not so sure about her choice. Though she does know how to make it work.

However, I’m not so sure about her choice. Though she does know how to make it work.

37. For a simple pattern, perhaps white will suit your fancy.

Not sure if those tall hats go with the outfits. But they surely know how to coordinate with each other.

Not sure if those tall hats go with the outfits. But they surely know how to coordinate with each other.

38. Seems like the clowns love playing on her hoop skirt.

Though you have to admit, the clowns are quite creepy. But this is quite an inventive costume if you think about it.

Though you have to admit, the clowns are quite creepy. But this is quite an inventive costume if you think about it.

39. Occasionally, you might come across a masked Little Red Riding Hood.

Because how else could you explain the red dress and cape? Still, I doubt Little Red would wear such a thing in the woods.

Because how else could you explain the red dress and cape? Still, I doubt Little Red would wear such a thing in the woods.

40. When your costume isn’t up to snuff, perhaps a cool cape might help.

Though I'm not so sure if it goes great with the elaborate headdress. But this guy seems to think so.

Though I’m not so sure if it goes great with the elaborate headdress. But this guy seems to think so.

41. When you’re with a group of friends, it helps if your costumes match.

Well, purple and black are good colors for these 4. Love their hats.

Well, purple and black are good colors for these 4. Love their hats.

42. Near the railings, purple will surely dazzle.

Sure you may not see much of her dress. But her headdress is truly sensational.

Sure you may not see much of her dress. But her headdress is truly sensational.

43. You can’t go to a masquerade ball without donning peacock blue.

Though they both wear wigs for good measure. The woman's coiffe is especially high.

Though they both wear wigs for good measure. The woman’s coiffe is especially high.

44. Sometimes all it takes is an elaborate headdress.

Yeah, I know he looks a bit strange. But you get costumes like this at the Carnival of Venice.

Yeah, I know he looks a bit strange. But you get costumes like this at the Carnival of Venice.

45. When in doubt, it’s best to start simple.

On the bright side, at least they won't be uncomfortable in their outfits all the time. Nice how they use lanterns as accessories.

On the bright side, at least they won’t be uncomfortable in their outfits all the time. Nice how they use lanterns as accessories.

46. A Venice Carnival costume should always be encrusted with jewels.

Doesn't hurt if it's topped with a feather headdress mask. Love it.

Doesn’t hurt if it’s topped with a feather headdress mask. Love it.

47. A pink dress should always come with frills.

And frills this dress surely has. Reminds you of a princess, doesn't she?

And frills this dress surely has. Reminds you of a princess, doesn’t she?

48. Purple Venice hats are all the rage these days.

Well, at least they match in their outfits. Love the lady's hat with all the feathers sticking out.

Well, at least they match in their outfits. Love the lady’s hat with all the feathers sticking out.

49. When in doubt, wear a very fancy hat.

Hers seems all blinged up as far as I could tell. Her dress and fan are no different.

Hers seems all blinged up as far as I could tell. Her dress and fan are no different.

50. The Venice Carnival is always a place for pagentry.

Well, these two are certainly dressed in medieval styles. And in such vibrant colors, too. Still, tights aren't pants.

Well, these two are certainly dressed in medieval styles. And in such vibrant colors, too. Still, tights aren’t pants.

51. This orange explorer is very hard to miss.

And he even has a telescope which was invented in the 1600s. How they didn't come up with it earlier, I'll never know.

And he even has a telescope which was invented in the 1600s. How they didn’t come up with it earlier, I’ll never know.

52. The Carnival of Venice brings endless fun to the whole family.

After all, these 3 are dressed in similar garb. And are wearing similar masks. Love how they're decked in purple.

After all, these 3 are dressed in similar garb. And are wearing similar masks. Love how they’re decked in purple.

53. Here we have an 18th century Vegas like showgirl.

Okay, maybe not. But she's in a rather skimpy outfit with feathers.

Okay, maybe not. But she’s in a rather skimpy outfit with feathers.

54. With these two it’s nothing but butterflies.

They even wear wings to show for it. Even on their masks as you can see.

They even wear wings to show for it. Even on their masks as you can see.

55. With these two women, spring has certainly sprung.

Doesn't hurt if they're dressed in springly attire. And sport flowery headdresses.

Doesn’t hurt if they’re dressed in springly attire. And sport flowery headdresses.

56. Apparently, this couple came straight from the sea.

Well, Venice is a seaside town of canals. So it's only fair. Though I do like the staff with the oyster.

Well, Venice is a seaside town of canals. So it’s only fair. Though I do like the staff with the oyster.

57. With this family, it’s always silver and blue.

The woman's costume is especially stunning. The boy's outfit is very similar to his dads like he's a miniature version of his old man.

The woman’s costume is especially stunning. The boy’s outfit is very similar to his dads like he’s a miniature version of his old man.

58. Sometimes the right costume is as simple as black and white.

Well, this is a lovey dress. Like the hat that goes with it. Seems like she has a fancy feather accessory.

Well, this is a lovey dress. Like the hat that goes with it. Seems like she has a fancy feather accessory.

59. A yellow dress brings out a sunny disposition.

And she certainly stands out in her fantastically large hat and fan. Not want to wear that outfit.

And she certainly stands out in her fantastically large hat and fan. Not want to wear that outfit.

60. Speaking of black and white, these 4 make a haunting scene.

Though to be fair, they all match. Their hats are really something else as well.

Though to be fair, they all match. Their hats are really something else as well.

61. These guys really like to strut like peacocks.

And they have tall feather headdresses to show it. Yet, I'm not sure about the lime green robes.

And they have tall feather headdresses to show it. Yet, I’m not sure about the lime green robes.

62. Orange and black is where it’s at.

Sure they might seem like they're going to a Halloween party. But this is for the Venice Carnival which is in February or March.

Sure they might seem like they’re going to a Halloween party. But this is for the Venice Carnival which is in February or March.

63. A gentleman would like to kiss a lady’s hand.

Though I don't think their brown is a great color. But it's a sweet scene I had to include.

Though I don’t think their brown is a great color. But it’s a sweet scene I had to include.

64. A lady should never forget her fan before leaving her house.

Wouldn't want to wear a dress like this. Because 18th century dresses might be pretty. But they were also pretty uncomfortable.

Wouldn’t want to wear a dress like this. Because 18th century dresses might be pretty. But they were also pretty uncomfortable.

65. Now here we come across a real snow queen.

Even her fan has some semblance of winter. Lovely dress and mask.

Even her fan has some semblance of winter. Lovely dress and mask.

66. Nothing beats a stroll at San Marco Square than being dressed in green.

They can also wear these outfits for Saint Patrick's Day if they wanted to. But it's not a big holiday in Italy.

They can also wear these outfits for Saint Patrick’s Day if they wanted to. But it’s not a big holiday in Italy.

67. Here we come to a woman holding a golden cornucopia.

Though the costumes at the Carnival of Venice are comparable Capitol fashions. I mean both can become quite outlandish at times.

Though the costumes at the Carnival of Venice are comparable Capitol fashions. I mean both can become quite outlandish at times.

68. You can almost call these two a winter king and queen.

Yet, you can guess that they'll leave a trail of feathers in their midst. And those headdresses certainly didn't come cheap.

Yet, you can guess that they’ll leave a trail of feathers in their midst. And those headdresses certainly didn’t come cheap.

69. Say what you want, but these guys are about as different as night and day.

After all, they're dressed to reflect that. And they each have the sun and the moon on their heads.

After all, they’re dressed to reflect that. And they each have the sun and the moon on their heads.

70. A lady always prepares for a fancy dress ball this time of year.

Well, she does seem like she could be from the 18th century. Love the beautiful headdress and flowers.

Well, she does seem like she could be from the 18th century. Love the beautiful headdress and flowers.

71. Gold and red always glisten in the sunset.

She has a lovely hat and a fan of lace and gold roses. Quite mysterious as her mask gives a haunting impression.

She has a lovely hat and a fan of lace and gold roses. Quite mysterious as her mask gives a haunting impression.

72. You an be quite regal wearing a jester hat.

Helps if you have a veil of red and gold. Love the dress, by the way.

Helps if you have a veil of red and gold. Love the dress, by the way.

73. A jester in a tutu knows how to frolic.

Well, female jesters anyway. Still, she looks quite sad for a clown in this picture.

Well, female jesters anyway. Still, she looks quite sad for a clown in this picture.

74. A black cape always goes well with an orange suit.

However, you might want to reconsider if you don't want to stand out. Though it does give a creepy vibe with the mask.

However, you might want to reconsider if you don’t want to stand out. Though it does give a creepy vibe with the mask.

75. A silver dress can be very chic.

Now that's very classy. Makes me think of a painting. Love the cross on her skirt.

Now that’s very classy. Makes me think of a painting. Love the cross on her skirt.

76. Could he be a jester or an evil sorcerer?

Either way is a mystery. But yes, some do wear partial masks at the Venice Carnival. And some not at all.

Either way is a mystery. But yes, some do wear partial masks at the Venice Carnival. And some not at all.

77. Even the crazy cat lady dresses for the festivities.

Okay, she may not be that crazy since she only has a couple. But her outfit is obviously cat themed.

Okay, she may not be that crazy since she only has a couple. But her outfit is obviously cat themed.

78. These two women are two halves of the same sun.

Yes, they do group costumes, too as you see here. I know it's crazy but they do make a pretty picture.

Yes, they do group costumes, too as you see here. I know it’s crazy but they do make a pretty picture.

79. In black and gold, these two make a lovely pair.

Sure they may not be Steelers or Saints fans. But their costumes are resplendent to behold. Love the hats.

Sure they may not be Steelers or Saints fans. But their costumes are resplendent to behold. Love the hats.

80. Sometimes a headdress can almost take your breath away.

Yes, you might wonder how these women keep such large headdresses on their heads. But you have to love how they go with their resplendent costumes.

Yes, you might wonder how these women keep such large headdresses on their heads. But you have to love how they go with their resplendent costumes.

81. These two can enter a room like a real king and queen.

They even have some back flames behind them for further enhancement. Love their golden outfits.

They even have some back flames behind them for further enhancement. Love their golden outfits.

82. This woman always has to admire her own reflection.

Yet, she surely shimmers in her creamy white dress. Her headdress isn't that bad either.

Yet, she surely shimmers in her creamy white dress. Her headdress isn’t that bad either.

83. A sorceress has to don the finest gown and cape for the festivities.

She also has to have an elaborate headdress to boot. Because anyone with magical powers has to at least conform to a style akin to Lady Gaga.

She also has to have an elaborate headdress to boot. Because anyone with magical powers has to at least conform to a style akin to Lady Gaga.

84. Queen or knave? You decide.

Either way, her costume is truly an ornate sight to see. Love the mask and dress.

Either way, her costume is truly an ornate sight to see. Love the mask and dress.

85. Nothing makes you stand out in front of the gondolas like a bright red dress.

Since Venice is a canal city, gondolas are a major form of transport. Nevertheless, she looks pretty.

Since Venice is a canal city, gondolas are a major form of transport. Nevertheless, she looks pretty.

86. The Venice Carnival is always an occasion to sparkle.

This woman wears a costume with a jewel encrusted headdress. Is surely a sight from a fairy tale.

This woman wears a costume with a jewel encrusted headdress. Is surely a sight from a fairy tale.

87. Here I present to you the Queen of Hearts.

Well, I call her the Queen of Hearts because of her costume. Hope she doesn't call me for my heading for this.

Well, I call her the Queen of Hearts because of her costume. Hope she doesn’t call me for my heading for this.

88. These clowns always know how to hang out.

Though they might freak out you and your kids in some instances. Like the parasols.

Though they might freak out you and your kids in some instances. Like the parasols.

89. A Venetian Carnival dress should radiate in orange splendor.

That one dress reminds me of what Katniss Everdeen wore in the Hunger Games. Seriously, they don't call her the "Girl on Fire" for nothing.

That one dress reminds me of what Katniss Everdeen wore in the Hunger Games. Seriously, they don’t call her the “Girl on Fire” for nothing.

90. Sometimes it helps to take a mask to spare.

You will find that many of these outfits come with more than one mask. Though only one is used for the face.

You will find that many of these outfits come with more than one mask. Though only one is used for the face.

91. Good friends always wear matching dresses.

And these two are no exception. But their masks are as different as can be.

And these two are no exception. But their masks are as different as can be.

92. Sometimes a headdress must come with a long white veil.

Well, this is quite stunning. Love the peacock blue dress. But the headdress really makes the costume.

Well, this is quite stunning. Love the peacock blue dress. But the headdress really makes the costume.

93. Nothing like parading at San Marco Square decked in a peacock dress.

And of these sure look rather resplendent. Each has a fleur de lis purse.

And of these sure look rather resplendent. Each has a fleur de lis purse and peacock feather fan.

94. These two women are certifiable snow beauties.

Well, you have to like them in their blue dresses and fur trimmed muffs and hats. Lovely.

Well, you have to like them in their blue dresses and fur trimmed muffs and hats. Lovely.

95. Occasionally you might come across a jester wearing a crown.

Well, who says a king needs to look regal? Still, he has a nice black ruff on his neck.

Well, who says a king needs to look regal? Still, he has a nice black ruff on his neck.

96. These 3 beauties would like to do a dance in blue.

Well, this makes for a rather haunting trio. If their costumes weren't so festive and colorful.

Well, this makes for a rather haunting trio. If their costumes weren’t so festive and colorful.

97. There’s a certain kind of elegance having a king and queen in green.

Though you might not see them in this outfit on St. Patrick's Day. Still, like how they match.

Though you might not see them in this outfit on St. Patrick’s Day. Still, like how they match.

98. A feathered mask must always be worn with a purple dress.

Well, you don't see much of the dress. But it sure looks sensational. Beautiful.

Well, you don’t see much of the dress. But it sure looks sensational. Beautiful.

99. A dress like this will make you a belle at a masquerade ball.

Well, the creamy white really goes with the black. Love the feather headdress.

Well, the creamy white really goes with the black. Love the feather headdress.

100. With a dress like this, you can radiate with the sun.

Yes, her headdress is huge. But without it, she can't shine like a queen. And I'm sure she'll cause a sensation.

Yes, her headdress is huge. But without it, she can’t shine like a queen. And I’m sure she’ll cause a sensation.

Mardi Gras Mambo with These Mardi Gras Craft Projects

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Another big holiday in February is Mardi Gras and that occasion tends to give rise to a lot of partying, especially in New Orleans. Because after that is Ash Wednesday which starts the Lenten season of pertinence for all you Christians out there, particularly my fellow Catholics who aren’t encouraged to eat meat on Fridays. Nevertheless, this  year, Mardi Gras falls on February 9, which is before Valentine’s Day and means that Easter will fall in March this year. Which means I can be free to do stuff pertaining to Star Trek and Harry Potter in April.  Still, I bet there are plenty people who celebrate Mardi Gras since it’s a holiday celebrated in a lot of Catholic countries in one variation or another. Yet, you also have Catholics like me who don’t celebrate the holiday as well as plenty of non-Catholics and non-Christians that do, such as in New Orleans. There it’s a tradition. Anyway, that doesn’t stop so many people from decorating their homes for the holiday or make their own costumes, which is why I’m doing this post. So for your reading pleasure, here are some crafts projects to make in preparation for Mardi Gras.

  1. A Mardi Gras wreath always have to be covered in beads.
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I bet these beads were purchased at a local Wal Mart. Yet, I do love the fleur de lis and the purple bow.

2. Do you have what it takes to make your own Mardi Gras mask?

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This is rather colorful. Bet it took a lot of time to make this though. Yet, I love the artistic detail and the trimmings.

3. Bring the festive Fat Tuesday spirit into your home with this Mardi Gras wall hanging.

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And festive this decoration is, indeed. Love the mask and the fleur de lis. Still, must’ve taken a lot of time to make.

4. This Mardi Gras peacock tulle wreath is bound to look great on any door.

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This looks quite fancy with the peacock feathers and the purple and gold tulle around it. Nevertheless, it’s quite pretty.

5. You can’t go to a Mardi Gras party without topping it all off with some crazy feathered hat.

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Seems to resemble the kind of hats you probably see in a Dr. Seuss story. Then again, going crazy on Mardi Gras is to be expected.

6. You can’t have too many feathers on your Mardi Gras mask.

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This mask seems to be made from silk petals, purple and yellow feathers, and gold glitter. Yet, seems easier to make than the other one.

7. Grace your door this Mardi Gras with a tulle wreath of green, purple, and yellow.

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Yes, this is another Mardi Gras tulle wreath. But this one has a sequin mask, a couple fleur de lis, and border of beads.

8. Of course, on Mardi Gras, you can’t forget the fleur de lis.

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Yes, it’s a French symbol. But as an American, I’m going with the New Orleans tradition here. And people over there use it for Mardi Gras.

9. Nothing is more festive on Mardi Gras than a peacock feather wreath.

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I’m sure you can find peacock feathers like these at any craft store. Nevertheless, this wreath is certainly lovely if you ask me.

10. A Mardi Gras parasol makes a mighty fine centerpiece.

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Not sure if this could fit in my dining room. Probably would yet it might make contact with the ceiling fan. Still, I love the dangling flowers. Very pretty.

11. A mask and feathers always look great on any Mardi Gras wreath.

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Yes, I know I keep putting wreaths on there. But there’s a reason for that. This one has an elaborate mask as well as purple feathers sprouting on it.

12. Attend a Mardi Gras party in your very own Mardi Gras dress.

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Seems like it’s mostly made from feathers glued to some dress. Nevertheless, I have to admire this woman’s creative spirit for it is rather colorful.

13. Seems like a lot of festive stuff can come out of one mere Mardi Gras hat.

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I think this could either be a centerpiece or a wall hanging. I’m not sure which. Still, it’s a rather creative decoration if you ask me.

14. Shine at a Mari Gras party this year wearing this rosette mask.

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The rosettes are all made from tissue paper in this and making them takes some time. But it also has a purple feather for added effect.

15. Celebrate this Mardi Gras with your very own parasol mask centerpiece.

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This looks rather pretty with feathers and see through fabric on it. Doesn’t hurt that it’s purple, too.

16. When making a Mardi Gras wreath, always put the jester mask in the center.

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I’m sure this jester mask might potentially frighten kids. However, for some strange reason, I actually think this is cool.

17. You can’t have a better Mardi Gras decoration in your home than a fleur de lis made of beads.

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This is of a fleur de lis made from Mardi Gras beads you can get from any store. Yet, I’m sure making this requires a lot of time and patience.

18. A Mardi Gras tulle wreath always has to have some bows and beads on it.

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Out of all the tulle wreaths I’ve shown so far, this seems like the most simple to make. Then again, I’m sure you might need wires for the beads to stand up like that.

19. You can’t go to a Mardi Gras party without a headband of a fleur de lis and feathers.

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This seems to be made from stuff you’d find at any craft store and it shows. Yet, I do like the sequin fleur de lis on this though.

20. Nothing brings in the spirit of Mardi Gras than a hanging of curled up jingle shoes.

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I guess these are supposed to be jester shoes. Doesn’t seem to have big jingles on them. In fact, you can barely see them. But this will do.

21. Dress festively this Mardi Gras with your very won feather mask.

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This seems to be part mask and part headdress. I mean it’s covered with green, yellow, purple, and black feathers. And it has a peacock feather on the top.

22. A vase of masks and feathers makes a great centerpiece for your Mardi Gras table.

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The vase is gold as I can see. And this seems to consist of a couple masks ans a lot of feathers. I see a peacock one and possibly a peasant one.

23. There is never a Mardi Gras wreath that can have too many ribbons.

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And this one seems to have all kinds of ribbons you can think of. Also, has some berries, a fleur de lis, a crown, and those shredded things.

24. Since Mardi Gras comes early this year, wrapping yourself in this quilt wouldn’t hurt.

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Yes, this is a Mardi Gras quilt. Still, this one seems to have fleur de lis and 4 different types of masks on it.

25. You can’t be better dressed for Mardi Gras than in this feather dress.

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This has a black top with purple ribbons and a skirt of green. purple, and yellow feathers. However, looks a bit short as I see it.

26. When it comes to Mardi Gras floats, just decorate a wagon.

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Of course, only do this when your locale has its own Mardi Gras celebration like in New Orleans. Still, I’m sure this float makes this little girl feel like a princess.

27. Don’t have a Mardi Gras dress? Make your own.

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This one has a blue top with a tutu gold, blue, and purple skirt. Also includes a matching peacock mask in silver.

28. You can’t have a peacock wreath without peacock blue.

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This one is quite ornate with ribbons, gold baubles, peacock feathers, and even a couple of peacocks. Still, not sure what peacocks have to do with Mardi Gras.

29. For little girls, this outfit is the perfect Mardi Gras getup.

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The ribbons and bows on this outfit should be a dead giveaway that this is a girlie outfit. But it’s nevertheless a very cute one if you ask me.

30. Be pretty as a peacock this Mardi Gras with this peacock mask of gold.

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Love the peacock feathers on this one. However, I wouldn’t like going to a masquerade and having to hold my mask with a stick all the time. Kind of becomes a pain.

31. Don’t have a parasol for Mardi Gras? Make your own.

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Love this one. It’s a shiny purple with purple feathers. However, hope they don’t use it in the rain. It’s more for decoration.

32. Mardi Gras beads can bring color to anything.

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I guess this is some decorative piece for some table or something. Still, if you buy the right stuff, it looks rather doable.

33. For a simple Mardi Gras wreath, just add glitter and beads.

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Not sure what kind of wreath was used here and I’m positive the use of glitter would cause a real mess. However, it’s pretty.

34. Grace your coffee table this year with some Mardi Gras candles.

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Yes, it consists of 3 purple candles among Mardi Gras stuff. Still, even if they aren’t it, it’s still a sight to behold.

 

35. These Mardi Gras decorations go great on any mantle.

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These are peacock mask decor. With one, you have a table centerpiece. With 2 you have bookends.

36. For Mardi Gras, nothing makes a better wreath center than a fleur de lis.

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This wreath is covered in pom poms and beads. And it has a gold fleur de lis as well as a pied ribbon on it. Quite festive if you ask me.

37. On Mardi Gras, even the mirror has a mask.

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Not sure about making a mirror into a mask. But as a Mardi Gras decoration, this is pretty cool though.

38. When it comes to Mardi Gras wreaths, you can’t go wrong with gold and purple.

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This wreath is decked with baubles, ribbons, a fleur de lis, and a purple peacock mask. I especially like the purple peacock mask in this.

39. For a black hat on Mardi Gras, there always has to be something extra.

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This one is decorated with a green feather mask, 3 top hats, and a couple of black feathers. Sure is festive as I can see it.

40. Of course, you can always go with a Mardi Gras wreath of shiny green.

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This wreath is decorated with ribbons, fleur de lis and a gold feathered mask. Still, I’m sure someone reading this post will like it.

41. If you don’t like wreaths on Mardi Gras, then this door decoration will do.

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This is a fake evergreen garland that’s made into a Mardi Gras Decoration. Includes ribbons, baubles, and 2 fleur de lis.

42. You can’t go to a Mardi Gras party without your peacock mask.

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Yes, this is another gold peacock mask. But this one has a green stick and more peacock feathers. Still, it’s pretty.

43. As far as Mardi Gras goes, this wreath tends to have everything.

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This one includes masks, peacock feathers, beads, ribbons, and baubles. It’s lovely for any door and the kind of wreath for a true Mardi Gras fan.

44. For shinier flair, go with baubles.

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The baubles on this wreath seem to be quite sparkly and shiny in this picture. Then again, must be the lighting.

45. Drink to your health this Fat Tuesday with Mardi Gras wine glasses.

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One is of a fleur de lis and the other is of a purple mask. Either way, whoever painted these did a better job than I ever could.

46. Be king of your house party with this Mardi Gras crown block.

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And boy, someone spent a lot of time on this. It’s very intricately done as you look on the crown. Love the purple ribbon though.

47. Grace your table  with this Mardi Gras fleur de lis tablecloth.

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As you can see, this isn’t for a dining room table. More for a buffet and one you use to display things. Quite shiny though.

48. Step out to a party this Mardi Gras in these beaded high heeled shoes.

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Yes, these are sparkly high heeled shoes with yellow and purple beads on them for Mardi Gras. However, they sure don’t look comfortable and the heel is quite small.

49. Light up your Mardi Gras with these candle holders.

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These are glass candle holders with some cloth around the candles as well as beads in them. Each holder has beads that are a different color from the cloth as you see.

50. For a Mardi Gras parade, it helps that you have a parasol fit for a king.

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Yes, this is a parasol fit for a Mardi Gras parade with feathers, beads, and the works. Love the crown on this, by the way.

51. Cover your doorway this year with this Mardi Gras garland.

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I’m sure it will bring the festive Mardi Gras spirit to your home. But as far as the weather goes, I think it’s best to put something like this up inside. Just saying.

52. This Mardi Gras jester hat tutu dress is bound to make any little girl smile.

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Yes, this is another cute dress for more wholesome little girls on Mardi Gras. And yes, it’s covered with green, gold, and purple ribbons as you can imagine.

53. Decorate your home with this Mardi Gras bead fleur de lis.

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Now this one is mad of all kinds of Mardi Gras bead strings as you see. And strings of so many different colors. Still, I think this might be a pillow.

54. You just can’t have a peacock wreath without a peacock.

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This is pretty clever. Like how the feathers are all behind the peacock. Still, a real peacock would have a much fancier display.

55. Show the neighbors where the party is with this Mardi Gras lamp post.

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And it actually lights up, how about it? Wait, that’s just cardboard. Still, you have to like the beads and the cardboard signs on this. Really sets the Mardi Gras mood.

56. Got old bottles? Make Mardi Gras decorations out of them.

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These 3 bottles make a fine centerpiece on top of that dish. The green one has a hat. The gold one has feathers. And the purple one has a green mask.

57. For simple garlands, you can’t go wrong with masks.

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These are theatrical masks symbolizing comedy and tragedy. Not sure which one is creepier. Still, like the purple.

58. To liven up your Mardi Gras party, you can’t go wrong with these candle holders.

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These just consist of martini glasses with candles and Mardi Gras beads in them. Seems like a rather doable idea that doesn’t take a lot of time.

59. For a Mardi Gras door hanging, all it takes is a mask and a bow.

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But make sure the bow is bigger and more ornate than the mask. Still, you have to love it even though the jester mask might be a bit creepy.

60. This Mardi Gras tree makes a great party centerpiece.

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Well, all this requires are Mardi Gras beads, feathers, a plastic tube, and a stand. Still, seems like a palm tree you’d see in Dr. Seuss.

61. Light up your party with these Mardi Gras confetti glitter candles.

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These are glitter candles with confetti in them as you see here. The candles are fake. The confetti is real.

62. Speaking of glitter, use it to make your bottles sparkle.

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Yes, these are wine bottles now made into Mardi Gras bottles thanks to the magic of glitter. Still, I like the purple one better.

63. For little girls in New Orleans, this dress makes the perfect Mardi Gras outfit.

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It’s a tutu dress that comes with its own mask and hat. Nevertheless, it’s simply adorable.

64. Before you go out for Mardi Gras, don’t forget your hair combs.

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These are Mardi Gras beaded combs. Unfortunately, Mardi Gras beads were too big for them, so the creator went with a smaller option.

65. A vase of feathers, beads, and masks is bound to make a lovely Mardi Gras centerpiece.

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Seems like a bouquet you’d see in a Dr. Seuss story. But it’s nonetheless impressive if you ask me.

66. There’s no better Mardi Gras wine glass than one with spots.

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Of course, you might start seeing spots if you drink from this. Well, if you drink enough anyway. Still, love the feathers.

67. Celebrate Mardi Gras in your kitchen with this purple apron.

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Yes, it’s an apron. It doesn’t look like a conventional one. But it’s still an apron. And it’s for Mardi Gras as you can tell by the jester mask.

68. Dress your hair with this Mardi Gras feather hair clip.

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I’m sure any woman or girl is bound to stand out with this. That yellow can be seen for miles or in the dark.

69. Alert guests to your Mardi Gras party with a mailbox bow.

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This purple, yellow, and green bow is bound to stand out among the neighborhood. Unless your neighbors are holding Mardi Gras parties of their own.

70. Lighten up your Mardi Gras  party with these fleur de lis bottle lights.

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These look pretty cool. Makes you wonder how they make these things. I mean the glass seems to be of all different colors.

71. You can’t have a great Mardi Gras wreath unless you add a mask.

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This one seems to reflect the New Orleans Mardi Gras tradition wiht a music note. But I seems that it’s weighed down for some reason. But I love the mask.

72. When it comes to Mardi Gras, you can’t do better than a feather wreath.

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This one has pink masks, a pink bow, gold Mardi Gras beads, and some purple stufff rising from it. Still, The feathers seemed to be plucked by some brightly covered bird from Dr. Seuss.

73. Celebrate Fat Tuesday with your very own Mardi Gras ribbon tree.

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It’s a small tree of shiny purple, gold, and green ribbons. And it’s toped with a mask and some feathers. Quite creative to say the least.

74. In true New Orleans fashion, this Mardi Gras wreath will bring music to your ears.

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Yes, New Orleans is best known for stuff like jazz and Mardi Gras. And I shouldn’t forget Hurricane Katrina. And zydeco. And Bountygate with the Saints. Oh, and “When the Saints Go Marching In.”

75. In New Orleans, Mardi Gras parties sure are a bottle of fun.

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I’m sure this bottle is recycled and so are the ribbons. Nevertheless, a lot of drinking goes on during Mardi Gras since it tends to be a holiday where people tend to party very hard. Sometimes to excess.

76. If you want to go festive on Mardi Gras, go purple.

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And this one is all purpled out as you look at it. Still, I do love the peacock feathers on this one. And the purple border.

77. If you love Mardi Gras beads, you’ll adore this bead portrait of a blue dog.

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Not sure what the blue dog has to do with Mardi Gras. Then again, maybe it’s just a blue dog dressed for Mardi Gras.

78. Celebrate Mardi Gras in style with these Mardi Gras bead wine glasses.

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Yes, these are wine glasses decorated with Mardi Gras beads. Not sure if I’d want to hold one. But they sure do sparkle.

79. You can’t go to a Mardi Gras party without donning a purple peacock mask.

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Since I love purple, I certainly adore this mask. I also love the feathers on it, too. Still, I went to a Mardi Gras party, I’d totally wear this if I could.

80. As a Mardi Gras centerpiece, this one has a little bit of everything.

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Seems like this centerpiece has a something for everybody as far as I can see. Nevertheless, sure is festive if you ask me.

Get in the Festive Fat Tuesday Spirit with These Mardi Gras Treats

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When most Americans think about Mardi Gras, they think New Orleans. Yet, little do they know that this tradition has a lot of roots on in Continental Europe and Roman Catholicism, which was transplanted from French settlers in their North American colonies as well as Portuguese and Spanish settlers in Latin America. Now Mardi Gras isn’t really a religious holiday yet, it was celebrated the last chance to eat, drink, and be merry before Ash Wednesday, which marks the beginning of the 7 week penitential season which includes  6 weeks of Lent, followed Holy Week before Easter. Nevertheless, like a lot of religious holidays like Christmas and Easter, it has become somewhat secularized as another excuse to party. Of course, while Mardi Gras literally translates into “Fat Tuesday” in French, it has other names depending on the area like Carnival or the Feast of Fools like in The Hunchback of Notre Dame. The timing of the Mardi Gras celebrations can also vary but they usually culminate the day before Ash Wednesday. Of course, not everyone celebrates Mardi Gras like myself despite being Catholic but that’s because most of my ancestors came from Germany, Ireland, Sweden and the British Isles and that I live in Western Pennsylvania, though there is a celebration in Philadelphia. Yet, it’s a holiday where parades are held and people dress costumes with some adults having a little too much to drink or screw for that matter. Still, it’s a holiday that has a lot of associations with food. So for your viewing pleasure, here are some creative Mardi Gras treats for your artistic culinary indulgence. Being American, most of the fare will be New Orleans inspired of course.

1. Bring in the festive Mardi Gras spirit with these colorful cake pops.

Now these are certainly a colorful lot. And each one of them has a unique design. Of course, if professionally made, they'll be on discount starting from Ash Wednesday for those who haven't given up sweets for Lent.

Now these are certainly a colorful lot. And each one of them has a unique design. Of course, if professionally made, they’ll be on discount starting from Ash Wednesday for those who haven’t given up sweets for Lent.

2. Make your Mardi Gras special with this one of a kind King Cake cinnamon bread.

In some places, king cake is a dish pertaining to Epiphany which marks the end of the Christmas season. In New Orleans, it's a cuisine associated with Mardi Gras. Originally in France this was a dry French bread type dough with sugar on top and a been inside 300 years ago, it's now more or less a braided Danish cinnamon fried dough type with a small plastic doll underneath. Hundreds of these are consumed in New Orleans during the season and you'll see a lot of these.

In some places, king cake is a dish pertaining to Epiphany which marks the end of the Christmas season. In New Orleans, it’s a cuisine associated with Mardi Gras. Originally in France this was a dry French bread type dough with sugar on top and a bean inside 300 years ago, it’s now more or less a braided Danish cinnamon fried dough type with a small plastic doll underneath. Hundreds of these are consumed in New Orleans during the season and you’ll see a lot of these in this post.

3. For dessert, you can’t go wrong with these Mardi Gras jello shot squares.

Of course, a word of caution here. Despite these squares' bright color and fruitiness, these are most definitely not for kids. That is, if they contain alcohol which is very likely.

Of course, a word of caution here. Despite these squares’ bright color and fruitiness, these are most definitely not for kids. That is, if they contain alcohol which is very likely.

4. Serve your Mardi Gras guests this colorful pasta salad this Fat Tuesday season.

Of course, this contains red onion and corn to bring out the color. If you think gumbo is too hot for you, you might want to go with this.

Of course, this contains red onion and corn to bring out the color. If you think gumbo is too hot for you, you might want to go with this.

5. I do declare that no one should make Mardi Gras cupcakes without decorating them with beads.

Nevertheless, you should never serve these cupcakes to children under 3 years old for obvious reasons. Still, I also love the icing and the tiaras on some of them.

Nevertheless, you should never serve these cupcakes to children under 3 years old for obvious reasons. Still, I also love the icing and the tiaras on some of them.

6. For your Mardi Gras appetizers, treat your guests to this specially made Mardi Gras trail mix.

Now this contains popcorn, Chex Mix, peppermints, small plastic baby dolls, and white chocolate covered pretzels with sugar all over them. Of course, don't ask me about the plastic baby. It's a New Orleans thing.

Now this contains popcorn, Chex Mix, peppermints, small plastic baby dolls, and white chocolate covered pretzels with sugar all over them. Of course, don’t ask me about the plastic baby doll. It’s a New Orleans thing.

7. For those who don’t have any time to make gumbo, how about a Mardi Gras pizza instead?

Now this contains pepperoni, red onions, cheese, as well as green and yellow peppers which aren't as spice as I originally assumed in November. Nevertheless, this doesn't contain tomato sauce which is derived by a crop from South America.

Now this contains pepperoni, red onions, cheese, as well as green and yellow peppers which aren’t as spicy as I originally assumed in November. Nevertheless, this doesn’t contain tomato sauce which is derived by a crop from South America.

8. For your Mardi Gras lunch, chomp on these colorful lunch meat sandwiches.

These can range with salami and bolongna but I'm not sure if they're from Oscar Meyer. They also have bread dyed purple and yellow without crusts as far as I can see.

These can range with salami and bolongna but I’m not sure if they’re from Oscar Meyer. They also have bread dyed purple and yellow without crusts as far as I can see.

9. For something more festive and healthy, you can try this Mardi Gras wrap and salad.

Of course, you can tell this is a Mardi Gras dish because the mask appears carved from some vegetable dyed purple as are some of the carrots. Nevertheless, very colorful.

Of course, you can tell this is a Mardi Gras dish because the mask appears carved from some vegetable dyed purple as are some of the carrots. Nevertheless, very colorful.

10. Make your Mardi Gras party special with these specially made cupcakes.

Of course, you can tell that someone at a few of these if you see their lips with a very unnatural color like green or purple. Yet, each looks pretty in its own way.

Of course, you can tell that someone at a few of these if you see their lips with a very unnatural color like green or purple. Yet, each looks pretty in its own way.

11. Nothing makes a Mardi Gras party than a large cake with a purple mask with yellow, purple, and green feathers.

You'll see a few of these on this post for there are so many for some reason. This is certainly professionally made. Yet, you have to admire the artistry on this.

You’ll see a few of these on this post for there are so many for some reason. This is certainly professionally made. Yet, you have to admire the artistry on this.

12. Bring the festive spirit into Mardi Gras with these one of a kind cookies.

Now these come from a website called Custom Cookies.com so they're professionally made. Items include jester hats, jesters, crowns, the Fleur de Lis, beads, masks, and music notes.

Now these come from a website called Custom Cookies.com so they’re professionally made. Items include jester hats, jesters, crowns, the Fleur de Lis, beads, masks, and music notes.

13. You can’t enjoy Mardi Gras without putting some candy beads on your cupcakes.

Now I think these are made from candy. I mean they sure don't look shiny to me. Yet, you'd still wouldn't want them near kids under 3 years old for obvious reasons.

Now I think these are made from candy. I mean they sure don’t look shiny to me. Yet, you’d still wouldn’t want them near kids under 3 years old for obvious reasons.

14. Nothing says Mardi Gras than cakes of women’s bosoms with their beads on them.

Seems like while doing these posts, I seem to find how heart cookie cutters can be used for so many occasions. Yet, I'm not sure if I approve of this for families since this is reflective of the Mardi Gras party scene that might carry some unfortunate implications.

Seems like while doing these posts, I seem to find how heart cookie cutters can be used for so many occasions. Yet, I’m not sure if I approve of this for families since this is reflective of the Mardi Gras party scene that might carry some unfortunate implications.

15. So if you wear a mask this Mardi Gras then so should your cupcakes.

Of course, these purple masks and feathers are made from icing while the cupcake is covered with white icing and sugar. Guaranteed to make some people give up their New Year's Resolutions for Lent.

Of course, these purple masks and feathers are made from icing while the cupcake is covered with white icing and sugar. Guaranteed to make some people give up their New Year’s Resolutions for Lent.

16. Treat your guests this Mardi Gras with these joker cookies.

Of course, while these cookies may look cute, they may contain beads that aren't suitable for children under 3 years old. I'm just saying to all you parents out there.

Of course, while these cookies may look cute, they may contain beads that aren’t suitable for children under 3 years old. I’m just saying to all you parents out there.

17. Of course, if you live in New Orleans, you can’t have Mardi Gras without some music note and star cookies.

Because we all know that New Orleans is known for jazz music as well as Hurricane Katrina, zydeco, crime, levees, and FEMA fiascos. Also, those plastic babies near the star cookies are absolutely creepy.

Because we all know that New Orleans is known for jazz music as well as Hurricane Katrina, zydeco, crime, levees, and FEMA fiascos. Also, those plastic babies near the star cookies are absolutely creepy.

18. Celebrate your Mardi Gras with these specially made crown cookies.

What's even better about these cookies is that they were made from chocolate dough or gingerbread by what it looks like. Still, they all seem to have intricate designs.

What’s even better about these cookies is that they were made from chocolate dough or gingerbread by what it looks like. Still, they all seem to have intricate designs as if it was done by a professional or someone with too much time on their hands.

19. Top your Mardi Gras party off with a giant mask cupcake display.

Now this might be for some special event of some sort. Still, that's a lot of cupcakes and how they keep them on without the icing sliding off amazes me. Yet, the best part about this display is that all the cupcakes are chocolate.

Now this might be for some special event of some sort. Still, that’s a lot of cupcakes and how they keep them on without the icing sliding off amazes me. Yet, the best part about this display is that all the cupcakes are chocolate.

20. Bring the festivities alive with these Mardi Gras cookies on a stick.

These may be from a Louisiana based startup called Cajun Home Sweets. Of course, these had to be professionally made since the mask details are all so fine and intricate.

These may be from a Louisiana based startup called Cajun Home Sweets. Of course, these had to be professionally made since the mask details are all so fine and intricate.

21. Make your Mardi Gras memborable with this lovely mask and feather cake.

Of course, this cake has a lot of things we know of Mardi Gras like feathers, mask, confetti, Doubloons, and beads as you'd see in New Orleans. Also a background of green, purple, and yellow.

Of course, this cake has a lot of things we know of Mardi Gras like feathers, mask, confetti, Doubloons, and beads as you’d see in New Orleans. Also a background of green, purple, and yellow.

22. Of course, no New Orleans resident can forget to celebrate Mardi Gras without a king cake.

Now this is what the modern New Orleans King Cake looks like. Notice how it resembles a giant braided Danish garland? Also, the baby doll on this thing is creepy.

Now this is what the modern New Orleans King Cake looks like. Notice how it resembles a giant braided Danish garland? Also, the baby doll on this thing is creepy.

23. Make Mardi Gras a festive occasion with these lovely cupcakes.

These cupcake icing designs were probably made by: a. a professional, b. a repressed art student, c. someone who's had too much of the Mardi Gras ganja, or d. all of the above.

These cupcake icing designs were probably made by: a. a professional, b. a repressed art student, c. someone who’s had too much of the Mardi Gras ganja, or d. all of the above.

24. What doesn’t bring Mardi Gras to its roots than the Fleur de Lis?

Of course, the Fleur de Lis is a symbol of France and the French royal family in the Bourbon dynasty days. It was even on France's flag until the French Revolution. Still, these cookies look delicious.

Of course, the Fleur de Lis is a symbol of France and the French royal family in the Bourbon dynasty days. It was even on France’s flag until the French Revolution. Still, these cookies look delicious.

25. Get lucky this Mardi Gras with these specially designed fortune cookies.

Available in yellow, purple, and green at a New Orleans Asian restaurant near you. Of course, I don't know about using the green and purple food coloring but it works.

Available in yellow, purple, and green at a New Orleans Asian restaurant near you. Of course, I don’t know about using the green and purple food coloring but it works.

26. For even greater luck on Mardi Gras, try this giant fortune cookie up for size.

Now this fortune cookie is covered in yellow, purple, and green sprinkles. Don't say I didn't warn you in case you open it. Then again, it's probably made from cake.

Now this fortune cookie is covered in yellow, purple, and green sprinkles. Don’t say I didn’t warn you in case you open it. Then again, it’s probably made from cake.

27. Hope these jester cupcakes manage to put a smile on your face this Mardi Gras.

Of course, I'm not sure if the jesters are edible but all seem to have their own characteristics as individuals. Also, some of them have masks on, too.

Of course, I’m not sure if the jesters are edible but all seem to have their own characteristics as individuals. Also, some of them have masks on, too.

28. Make your kids the perfect Mardi Gras lunch with this King Rex crown sandwich.

Of course, this seems like a decent healthy lunch with a better content than whatever Nutrition Inc. makes. However, I think the purple broccoli is kind of pushing it with the Mardi Gras spirit. Seriously, purple broccoli belongs in somebody's acid trip.

Of course, this seems like a decent healthy lunch with a better content than whatever Nutrition Inc. makes. However, I think the purple broccoli is kind of pushing it with the Mardi Gras spirit. Seriously, purple broccoli belongs in somebody’s acid trip.

29. Make your Mardi Gras memorable with this set of sugar cookies.

I like how some of the cookies resembling Mardi Gras beads and how they're designed. I can never master something like that, not in a million years.

I like how some of the cookies resembling Mardi Gras beads and how they’re designed. I can never master something like that, not in a million years.

30. Wake up this Fast Tuesday to these king cake donuts.

Of course, these are the pastries most likely consumed by the New Orleans police department which is usually busy on Mardi Gras arresting topless drunk women for indecent exposure and maybe suspicion on prostitution.

Of course, these are the pastries most likely consumed by the New Orleans police department which is usually busy on Mardi Gras arresting topless drunk women for indecent exposure and maybe suspicion on prostitution.

31. Treat yourself right this Mardi Gras with this colorful Mardi Gras salad.

Now this contains carrots, kale, and red cabbage. Yet, the carrots may be heirloom and only available at Whole Foods. Still, yellow peppers may do fine.

Now this contains carrots, kale, and red cabbage. Yet, the carrots may be heirloom and only available at Whole Foods. Still, yellow peppers may do fine.

32. Give a toast this Mardi Gras with these king cake jello shots.

Yes, I know these probably contain alcohol and aren't for kids. Yet, they certainly display quite vibrant colors as you see here.

Yes, I know these probably contain alcohol and aren’t for kids. Yet, they certainly display quite vibrant colors as you see here.

33. Celebrate your Mardi Gras with these king cake cinnamon sugar cookies.

Now I know these aren't donuts because they're flat but I love the swirl icing design on these. Still, I'd eat them.

Now I know these aren’t donuts because they’re flat but I love the swirl icing design on these. Still, I’d eat them.

34. For Mardi Gras, candy coated popcorn makes a great snack.

Of course, candy coated popcorn may be festive for Mardi Gras but it's not good for you, especially for your teeth. Yet, I do like how it looks in this photo.

Of course, candy coated popcorn may be festive for Mardi Gras but it’s not good for you, especially for your teeth. Yet, I do like how it looks in this photo.

35. Send your kid with a mask pancake lunch this Mardi Gras.

Now this combines the rituals of French Mardi Gras with the traditions of British Shrove Tuesday that usually consists of pancake breakfasts. Of course, where I live Shrove Tuesday isn't celebrated there either.

Now this combines the rituals of French Mardi Gras with the traditions of British Shrove Tuesday that usually consists of pancake breakfasts. Of course, where I live Shrove Tuesday isn’t celebrated there either.

36. Of course, if your kid doesn’t like pancakes, you can always send him or her a sandwich with a Fleur de Lis.

Of course, other than the Mardi Gras imagery, there's really nothing remarkable about this lunch. Of course, Mardi Gras isn't really a children's holiday like Christmas and Easter are.

Of course, other than the Mardi Gras imagery, there’s really nothing remarkable about this lunch. Of course, Mardi Gras isn’t really a children’s holiday like Christmas and Easter are.

37. Treat your Mardi Gras party guests to this tearaway mask cupcake cake.

Now this is may not be as messy as cutting it, but I'm sure whoever took hours to work on it will be crying when he or she sees it being torn to pieces. Still, quite festive.

Now this is may not be as messy as cutting it, but I’m sure whoever took hours to work on it will be crying when he or she sees it being torn to pieces. Still, quite festive.

38. Of course, if you’re no fan of donut holes, you can always settle for king cake long johns.

I know they look like custom designed Mardi Gras twinkies covered in icing, but hey, to each his own. Of course, consumed by New Orleans cops arresting people for public intoxication and indecent exposure.

I know they look like custom designed Mardi Gras twinkies covered in icing, but hey, to each his own. Of course, consumed by New Orleans cops arresting people for public intoxication and indecent exposure.

39. For the New Orleans Francophile, here’s a nice tearaway cupcake cake of the Fleur de Lis.

Of course, the best part about this design is that it's purple. Still, since it was originally a French colony, Louisiana bases a lot of its tradition on French culture with their legal basis being the Napoleonic Code.

Of course, the best part about this design is that it’s purple. Still, since it was originally a French colony, Louisiana bases a lot of its tradition on French culture with their legal basis being the Napoleonic Code.

40. Celebrate this Mardi Gras with this vibrantly colorful king cake.

Unlike the previous 2 king cakes I've shown, this one has multi colored icing instead of sugar. Nevertheless, I find the presence of plastic baby dolls on these quite disturbing. Maybe it's the baby carrot cake from Cakewrecks or something.

Unlike the previous 2 king cakes I’ve shown, this one has multi colored icing instead of sugar. Nevertheless, I find the presence of plastic baby dolls on these quite disturbing. Maybe it’s the baby carrot cake from Cakewrecks or something.

41. No Mardi Gras party is complete without these mask cookies.

Of course, some mask cookies have holes in them and others don't. In this one, the eye holes are covered in black icing. Yet, each mask is unique in its own way.

Of course, some mask cookies have holes in them and others don’t. In this one, the eye holes are covered in black icing. Yet, each mask is unique in its own way.

42. Of course, for those who don’t like jello shots there’s always jello slices for the Mardi Gras party.

Like the jello shots, just because they're brightly colored and made from jello doesn't mean they're for children. In fact, they might contain alcohol as well. Just, giving some people cause for parental discretion.

Like the jello shots, just because they’re brightly colored and made from jello doesn’t mean they’re for children. In fact, they might contain alcohol as well. Just, giving some people cause for parental discretion.

43. No Mardi Gras party is complete without an elaborate mask cake like this.

This cake is lined with some gold Spanish Doubloons that are more likely made from plastic to some Golden Age pirate's chagrin. Yet, you can tell that this was professionally made and very expensive.

This cake is lined with some gold Spanish Doubloons that are more likely made from plastic to some Golden Age pirate’s chagrin. Yet, you can tell that this was professionally made and very expensive.

44. Besides Hurricane Katrina, most people know New Orleans for 2 things: Mardi Gras and jazz music as these cookies illustrate.

Of course, we have a couple designs of Mardi Gras masks along with a face with dangling notes and piano hair as I see it at least. Yes, these were undoubtedly made in the Big Easy.

Of course, we have a couple designs of Mardi Gras masks along with a face with dangling notes and piano hair as I see it at least. Yes, these were undoubtedly made in the Big Easy.

45. When it comes to Mardi Gras cakes, sometimes 2 tiers are better than one.

I have to admire the decorations on this like the beads, the party stuff, and the feather mask. I also like the swirls, too.

I have to admire the decorations on this like the beads, the party stuff, and the feather mask. I also like the swirls, too.

46. Now you can’t have a Mardi Gras party without including truffle chocolate beads.

Come to think of it, truffle chocolate beads must be more expensive than regular plastic Mardi Gras beads you can find at any dollar store in your area. Yet, these seem to resemble beads from some higher end store.

Come to think of it, truffle chocolate beads must be more expensive than regular plastic Mardi Gras beads you can find at any dollar store in your area. Yet, these seem to resemble beads from some higher end store.

47. For Mardi Gras, some people prefer whipped cream with sprinkles on their jello shots.

Once again, jello shots usually contain alcohol and therefore aren't for kids. Nevertheless, if any parent wants to make non-alcoholic jello shots, then be my guest.

Once again, jello shots usually contain alcohol and therefore aren’t for kids. Nevertheless, if any parent wants to make non-alcoholic jello shots, then be my guest.

48. Now these New Orleans mask cookies are bound to make any Mardi Gras party festive.

Now these masks cookies are certainly elaborate and made by professionals. There's even a jazz one, too. Nevertheless, the ribbons aren't edible but they do add some sense of artistry to them.

Now these masks cookies are certainly elaborate and made by professionals. There’s even a jazz one, too. Nevertheless, the ribbons aren’t edible but they do add some sense of artistry to them.

49. For favors, you can’t go wrong with these Mardi Gras pretzels.

Now these are covered with either white chocolate or icing and decked with sugar. Maybe it would be easier to add food coloring but I didn't make these.

Now these are covered with either white chocolate or icing and decked with sugar. Maybe it would be easier to add food coloring but I didn’t make these.

50. Start your Mardi Gras morning with some Mardi Gras pancakes.

Of course, these pancakes are yellow, purple, and green for Mardi Gras. Perhaps they should add green eggs and ham to it as well, but I'm not Dr. Seuss.

Of course, these pancakes are yellow, purple, and green for Mardi Gras. Perhaps they should add green eggs and ham to it as well, but I’m not Dr. Seuss.

51. For the vegetable in your Mardi Gras dinner go with this festive salad.

Contains quinoa, broccoli, nuts, and cauliflower dyed purple and yellow as if it's from the Green Eggs and Ham world of Dr. Seuss. Seriously, I don't know what to make about food coloring. I know it's safe but it sometimes gives the wrong impression.

Contains quinoa, broccoli, nuts, and cauliflower dyed purple and yellow as if it’s from the Green Eggs and Ham world of Dr. Seuss. Seriously, I don’t know what to make about food coloring. I know it’s safe but it sometimes gives the wrong impression.

52. Now there’s nothing more festive on Mardi Gras than this lovely 2 tiered cake.

I do like the nice prop usage on this cake such as the mask, crown, Doubloons, and beads. Yet, I wonder if this cake is chocolate underneath the icing.

I do like the nice prop usage on this cake such as the mask, crown, Doubloons, and beads. Yet, I wonder if this cake is chocolate underneath the icing. But I don’t want to destroy it for now.

53. For you theater geeks out there, I think these cupcakes would be quite appropriate for your Mardi Gras celebration.

Not only do some of these cupcakes carry the traditional feathery Mardi Gras mask, they also have the tragedy and comedy masks as well. And it seems like they're edible but I can be wrong.

Not only do some of these cupcakes carry the traditional feathery Mardi Gras mask, they also have the tragedy and comedy masks as well. And it seems like they’re edible but I can be wrong.

54. Then again, you can always buy Mardi Gras cake toppers in New Orleans.

Yet, I'm not sure whether the cupcake toppers on these are edible or not. However, I do love the purple icing on them though. Hey, I love purple. I can't help it.

Yet, I’m not sure whether the cupcake toppers on these are edible or not. However, I do love the purple icing on them though. Hey, I love purple. I can’t help it.

55. For your Mardi Gras party, you can’t go wrong with icing covered star pretzels.

I'm not sure about the significance of stars on Mardi Gras but I think these pretzels are quite clever. Now where can I get pretzel stars in PA?

I’m not sure about the significance of stars on Mardi Gras but I think these pretzels are quite clever. Now where can I get pretzel stars in PA?

56. Feast your eyes on this Mardi Gras pizza for lunch.

Now these seem to contain, cheese, meat, and red onions. Yet, I'm sure the little leaf provides the green, whatever that is.

Now these seem to contain, cheese, meat, and red onions. Yet, I’m sure the little leaf provides the green, whatever that is.

57. Hope your kids will love these king cake donuts.

I'm not sure about the little face in the donuts are about. Yet, these are sure cute that your kids will certainly enjoy them, even though they may be too young to take part in the other festivities.

I’m not sure about the little face in the donuts are about. Yet, these are sure cute that your kids will certainly enjoy them, even though they may be too young to take part in the other festivities.

58. Now this cookie set will sure make your Mardi Gras worthwhile.

Now this includes cake pops with white icing and sprinkles, coins with a Fleur de Lis, and butterfly masks each unique in their own way.

Now this includes cake pops with white icing and sprinkles, coins with a Fleur de Lis, and butterfly masks each unique in their own way.

59. Now I’ve never seen a Mardi Gras mask cake like this before.

I'm not sure if that mask is made from confection or plastic. Either way, it looks very cool and quite intimidating.

I’m not sure if that mask is made from confection or plastic. Either way, it looks very cool and quite intimidating.

60. With Mardi Gras cakes, you can’t have too many tiers.

Now I love how these tiers don't seem to look the same. I especially like the mask on top with the feathers and stickers. So pretty.

Now I love how these tiers don’t seem to look the same. I especially like the mask on top with the feathers and stickers. So pretty.

61. For party favors, I can’t see anything wrong with Mardi Gras chocolate candies.

Well, except for the person being allergic to chocolate of course. Nevertheless, these look so good enough to eat and those you know me know how I like candy.

Well, except for the person being allergic to chocolate of course. Nevertheless, these look so good enough to eat and those you know me know how I like candy.

62. Celebrate Mardi Gras with these multicolored cake pops.

Now unlike the previous cake pops these were placed face down. I'll take a purple one though.

Now unlike the previous cake pops these were placed face down. I’ll take a purple one though, especially if it has chocolate inside.

63. Wake up this Mardi Gras morning with these specially made cinnamon rolls.

This person didn't have any purple sugar for the cinnabuns so he or she used black instead. I don't think it turned out very well.

This person didn’t have any purple sugar for the cinnabuns so he or she used black instead. I don’t think it turned out very well.

64. Nothing brings the festive spirit on Fat Tuesday than this jester cake.

For a jester cake, this one seems quite sad and has a lot of stuff that isn't edible. Yet, it looks pretty cool though.

For a jester cake, this one seems quite sad and has a lot of stuff that isn’t edible. Yet, it looks pretty cool though.

65. Of course, there’s nothing remarkable about these Mardi Gras cupcakes or is there?

Outside they may just be regular cupcakes with chocolate icing. Inside they have yellow, green, and purple interiors. So they're certainly festive underneath the wrapper and frosting.

Outside they may just be regular cupcakes with chocolate icing. Inside they have yellow, green, and purple interiors. So they’re certainly festive underneath the wrapper and frosting.

66. These Fleur de Lis cookies will certainly make your Mardi Gras party memorable.

Unlike the other treats, they're composed with black, white, and possibly blue. Also, they are quite nice to eat. Hope they weren't made by Saints fans. Probably were.

Unlike the other treats, they’re composed with black, white, and possibly blue. Also, they are quite nice to eat. Hope they weren’t made by Saints fans. Probably were.

67. Nothing makes a great Mardi Gras party without covering pretzels and cookies in chocolate.

I know these are Mardi Gras treats since they all have yellow, green and purple stripes on them. And that they have a mask chocolate with them.

I know these are Mardi Gras treats since they all have yellow, green and purple stripes on them. And that they have a mask chocolate with them.

68. With Mardi Gras, you can’t add too many accessories.

I like the gold party strings and the feather mask. I also like the stars on the cake as well as the yellow diamonds.

I like the gold party strings and the feather mask. I also like the stars on the cake as well as the yellow diamonds.

69. These Mardi Gras cake balls are good enough to pop in your mouth.

I also like how they have green and yellow drizzle as well as have purple wrappers on them. Still, I hope these have chocolate filling in them or I won't be happy.

I also like how they have green and yellow drizzle as well as have purple wrappers on them. Still, I hope these have chocolate filling in them or I won’t be happy.

70. For Mardi Gras, mask cupcakes are a festive sight, especially with decorations.

They may not be for children under 3 years old. Yet, they certainly look great for a party on Mardi Gras.

They may not be for children under 3 years old. Yet, they certainly look great for a party on Mardi Gras.