The Fabulous Bourbon Street Awards, Mardi Gras costume contest

The Fabulous Bourbon Street Awards, Mardi Gras costume contest
The Fabulous Bourbon Street Awards, Mardi Gras costume contest
nUnder a pure blue sky, the annual Bourbon Street Awards Mardi Gras costume contest got underway in the French Quarter at noon (Feb. 13). The competition draws Carnival’s biggest and best costumes, some of which tower more than twice the height of the wearer. This year, a 15-foot Golden Gate Bridge and the equally tall Space Shuttle appeared teetering on the small stage.

The engineering on many of the costumes was marvelous. But height and craftsmanship weren’t all that counted. The crowd appreciated inventiveness and spirit in costuming above all. Kim Jong-un’s chorus line, John Besh and Alon Shaya’s reconciliation, an appearance by the U.S. Winter Olympics team, and a troupe of frantic silver people with curlers in their hair, were all crowd-pleasers.

Comedians Varla Jean Merman (dressed as Superwoman) and Ryan Landry (wearing a Leggo my Eggo waffle print hoop skirt) brilliantly wrangled the parade of costumers, sang, and otherwise cajoled the crowd during the intermittently organized event that remains one of the highlights in all of Carnival.

Here’s a secret: During Mardi Gras New Orleans people don’t put on disguises; they take their disguises off. 

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Sunshine poured in as many flaunted their costumes down a packed Bourbon Street.

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It’s not your typical drive-thru, but the folks at Munholland United Methodist Church are busy every Ash Wednesday serving ashes through car windows as hundreds of cars drive through the back parking lot to receive a quick blessing and their traditional ashes. 

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