Mardi Gras Costume Ideas

Mardi Gras Costume Ideas image by Nicholas Isom
Mardi Gras Costume Ideas image by Nicholas Isom


Mardi Gras is more than a chance to dust off your old Halloween costume--it's a time to experiment with a new identity. Think sultry, not scary; sequins, not spider webs.

Mardi Gras Costume Ideas


Even the most conservative revelers can get in on the costuming action by slipping on a mask. Throw on a feather boa, put a shimmy in your step and you're good to go.


Jesters, with their motley colors and three-pointed hats are the unofficial mascot of Mardi Gras. Take on their attitude of irreverent fun by playing the fool during Mardi Gras.

Priests and Nuns

Mardi Gras stems from Catholicism--it's the last day to party before Lent begins on Ash Wednesday. Become a man or woman of the cloth as a nod to Mardi Gras' religious roots.

Mardi Gras Costume Ideas

Colors Over Concept

What you are is not as important as how you look. Throw on colorful wigs, hoop-skirts, masks or sequins. Nobody will ask you what you're supposed to be as long as you look good.

Mardi Gras Costume Ideas

Your Own Skin

If all else fails, you can't go wrong by showing as much skin as possible. Wear liquid latex or body paint; just beware of the cold.


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Missy Wilkinson is a New Orleans-based freelance writer whose articles have appeared in The Gambit Weekly, The Advocate, and the Civil War Book Review. She holds an MFA in creative writing, and her novel, Life During the Plague Years, was a finalist in the Faulkner-Wisdom competition.

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