An 1867 drawing shows a colorful Mardi Gras procession.

Mardi Gras In New Orleans, Tuesday, March 6 Procession of the "Mystic [sic] Krewe of Comus"; April 6, 1867; wood engraving with watercolor by James Earl Taylor; THNOC, 1974.74.5

January 7, 2020 to February 21, 2020
Tuesday–Sunday | 11 a.m.
533 Royal Street
Admission is $5, free for THNOC members.
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The Historic New Orleans Collection's popular Carnival-themed tour returns this year to the Louisiana History Galleries. "Rites, Rituals, and Revelry: The History of Mardi Gras in New Orleans" follows the city's traditions, beginning with celebrations during the French and Spanish colonial periods and in the early days of statehood. Using items from THNOC’s holdings, the guided tour 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 the modern era’s popular superkrewes and LGBTQ Mardi Gras celebrations.
Tours are available Tuesday–Sunday, January 7 through February 21, and begin promptly at 11 a.m. at the 533 Royal Street location. Admission is $5 or free for THNOC members. Tours last approximately one hour. Use your MY HNOC account to reserve tickets on or call (504) 598-7145.