Bizarre Mardi Gras floats of yesteryear


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  1. macademician says:

    This doesn’t surprise me.  Comus (as the Krewe is known) actually was forced to stop marching when the city forced the Krewes to integrate.  They’re known for having really, really highbrow stuff (comparatively), as well as really, really retrograde attitudes.

    Makes me sad sometimes that I had an uncle who was King of Comus one year.

  2. eguigal says:

    The “missing link” image here is not of Darwin, but Benjamin Butler.  A politician who first campaigned for office on the then progressive notion of a ten hour day for mill workers in Lowell, MA; the Civil War General who captured New Orleans; the later Governor of Massachusetts who appointed the first Irish and African American Judges to the Bench, and the first woman (Clara Barton) to executive office in that state.  He was reviled by residents in the city he captured who nicknamed him “spoons” among other things, symbolic of the looting of the city’s wealth at the hands of the Northern forces.  Note in this image his cavalry saber and “spoon” in place of a rifle. 

  3. Lee Miller says:

    The Louisiana Research Collection (LaRC) at Tulane University has more than 5,500 Carnival float and costume designs online! Check them out at

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