Grand Illusions: The History and Artistry of Gay Carnival in New Orleans
The Presbytere
June 6, 2019

The Louisiana State Museum is proud to annouceor the first-of-its-kind comprehensive exhibition on the history of gay carnival at the Presbytère in Jackson Square. "Grand Illusions: The History and Artistry of Gay Carnival in New Orleans" brings together more than two hundred artifacts including posters and poster artwork, ball invitations and favors, costume designs and a dozen amazing costumes. In addition, the exhibit features newly digitized films of gay balls from the 1960s and 1970s.

The opening reception serves as the kick-off party for New Orleans Pride 2019. Event host Absolut Vodka will serve a specialty cocktail called “The Grand Illusion,” and the Friends of the Cabildo will provide an open bar. The reception on June 6 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. is FREE and open to the public.

Image: Photo by Kerri McCaffety. LSM 2017.033.1