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Rites, Rituals and Revelry: The History of Mardi Gras in New Orleans

The Historic New Orleans Collection will once again offer a Carnival-themed tour of its Louisiana History Galleries at 533 Royal Street.

Rites, Rituals and Revelry: The History of Mardi Gras in New Orleans
a special themed tour of THNOC ’s Louisiana History Galleries
Tuesday–Sunday, January 6–February 24, 2017
Tours will be offered daily at 11 a.m.
*Please note THNOC will be closed Saturday, February 25–Tuesday, February 28, 2017.
Admission is $5, free for THNOC members.
Each tour lasts approximately one hour.

THNOC’s Louisiana History Galleries use items from the institution’s vast permanent holdings to explore the evolution of Louisiana from its precolonial days to the present. These galleries are typically open for self-guided tours, but for “Rites, Rituals and Revelry: The History of Mardi Gras in New Orleans,” THNOC’s docents will lead visitors on a journey through time to discover the city’s Carnival traditions. The tour begins with celebrations during the French and Spanish colonial periods and in the early days of statehood and continues through the development of parading krewes, like Comus and Rex, to the arrival of Social Aid and Pleasure Clubs and Mardi Gras Indians, and concludes with today’s popular superkrewes.

THNOC will begin offering “Rites, Rituals and Revelry” tours on Friday, January 6, the first official day of the Carnival season. Each tour lasts approximately one hour and is available at 11 a.m. Tuesday–Sunday, until February 24. Admission is $5 or free for THNOC members. Free self-guided tours of THNOC’s Louisiana History Galleries are available Tuesday–Saturday, 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m., and Sunday, 10:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Above: Procession of the “Mystic [sic] Krewe of Comus”; 1867; wood engraving with watercolor by James Earl Taylor, delineator; The Historic New Orleans Collection, 1974.74.5

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