As we approach Mardi Gras and the beginning of Lent next week, I thought I’d post these photos of the New Orleans Mardi Gras from around 1950. That date is approximate; the slides that either my father or mother (or both) took were undated. Nevertheless they show a New Orleans that was, in many ways, long gone before Katrina struck.
Anyone who has any reminisces of this particular Mardi Gras (and especially if they can date these) I would love to hear from.
Update: I think I have dated these photos to 1952. The Krewe of Rex had as their theme that year “Panoramas of the Magic Sugar Egg,” (see this page) and same egg is shown in the fourth photo below. That would mean that these are exactly sixty years old, which vindicates the title.
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It must have been chilly because I see some men wearing trenchcoats. High of 53, low of 54, William Waller Young was Rexd that year.