“featuring more than two dozen lavish Mardi Gras costumes”
The museum brings together more than two dozen lavish Mardi Gras costumes, including 13 of Mrs. Wells’ queen costumes, one of her mother’s and one of her daughter’s, as well as four king’s costumes worn by Count Arnaud, (whose title was entirely local and honorary) and six children’s costumes. The oldest costume in the exhibit, Germaine’s Empress gown, was worn by Germaine’s mother, Lady Irma, in 1941. As the Queen of Iris, she portrayed “Good Queen Bess.” The most recent gown is Germaine’s as Queen of Hera, 1968. The collection is enhanced by more than 70 vintage photographs, fabulous Carnival masks and faux jewels, elaborate krewe invitations and party favors. The traditional colors of Mardi Gras–purple, green and gold, symbolizing justice, faith and power–shimmer throughout. Free admission during the neighboring restaurants business hours.
NOLA is a town that has more than a few mixologists that have mastered the craft, and Chris Hannah at Arnaud's is most certainly one of them. As part of a restaurant that's been open as a drinking spot before, during and well after prohibition, French 75 is about as classic and classy as bars in the Big Easy get.
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Germaine Wells Mardi Gras Museum
- Mon - Thu: 5:30 pm - 11:30 pm
- Fri, Sat: 5:30 pm - 12:30 am
- Sun: 10:00 am - 2:30 pm
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