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On February 27, 1827, New Orleans holds its first Mardi Gras celebration.

New Orleans circa "The Rex pageant, Mardi Gras. Panorama of two glass plates, Detroit Publishing, via Shorpy.

Mardi Gras Celebration...New Orleans 1900 Notice the street cars on Canal, where now there are buses and notice the soldiers are 2 deep.

New Orleans 1900 Notice the street cars on Canal, where now there are buses and notice the soldiers are 2 deep.

Canal Street 1957

The "neutral ground" on Canal Street, photographed here in the was once a division between the downtown Creole neighborhoods and the uptown American sector. Courtesy of the Louisiana Division/City Archives, New Orleans Public Library

Mardi Gras Ball Invitation and Admit Card, 1890, Krewe of Rex, "Rulers of Ancient Times." illustrated in Henri Schindler's Mardi Gras Treasu...

Mardi Gras Ball Invitation and Admit Card, Krewe of Rex, "Rulers of Ancient Times." illustrated in Henri Schindler's Mardi Gras Treasu.

Geronimo Hunters Spy Boy Kevin Wallace parades on Simon Bolivar Ave.

Mardi Gras Indians Super Sunday 2012

Elegant Duchess: Balls

A reall Mardi Gras tradition! Every Krewe has a Mardi Gras ball, which are elaborate and lavish as ever still to this day. Being invited to one is HUGE deal!

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