Mardi Gras costume on display at The Presbytere

Mardi Gras: It's Carnival Time in Louisiana!

Since 1699, when Pierre Le Moyne, sieur d’Iberville, celebrated Shrove Tuesday at his encampment on the Mississippi River, Mardi Gras has been an integral part of Louisiana’s culture. Experience this extraordinary tradition through rare artifacts, scores of magnificent costumes, spectacular displays, and engaging videos.

Discover rural maskers in cone-shaped hats chasing chickens, the art of float construction, and a statewide devotion to masquerade. From a virtual float ride through crowds begging for beads to a roomful of sparkling crowns and scepters, this exhibition will get you in the carnival spirit.