To ring in the Carnival season, Louisiana Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin and the Louisiana State Archives will unveil "Masquerade: The Traditions of the New Orleans Mardi Gras." The exhibit, a celebration of Mardi Gras from past and present, will be available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. until April 14 at the archives at 3851 Essen Ln. in Baton Rouge.
Boasting over 250 relics from krewe members, Mardi Gras Indians, and royal courts, "Masquerade" highlights the revelry, charm, and mystery of Louisiana's beloved tradition. Included are Carnival floats, throws, costumes, jewelry, medallions, and photographs dating back as early as the 19th century. The exhibit also includes the works of the Krewe of Rex, Monogram Hunters, New Orleans Baby Doll Ladies, and Zulu Social Aid & Pleasure Club. According to exhibit curator Angi Cinquemano, "Masquerade" presents the "Mardi Gras multiverse."
In addition, the Friends of the State Archives will be hosting a Spring Gala on Sunday, March 6, in honor of the exhibit.
"[We are] well-suited to present a historic showcase of the rich elements of Mardi Gras and its evolution over time," State Archivist Catherine Newsome said. "We are excited to bring in 2022 with an exhibition guaranteed to welcome the public back to the mysteries and fun of Carnival season."