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Mardi Gras Party Tip Sheet: Decor

February 7, 2001, 12:00 AM EST

PROPS, COSTUMES & MASKS

When planning your d?cor, don't forget the Mardi Gras carnival colors: purple for justice, green for faith and gold for power. The official colors of the Romanoff household, they were adopted in 1872 when the Russian Grand Duke Alexis Romanoff came to New Orleans at carnival time.

The French began having private masked balls in New Orleans in 1718. Parties and street dancing were temporarily banned when the Spanish government took over in 1763, but the right to celebrate in masks was restored in 1827 after Louisiana became part of the United States in 1803.

The Display Group is a theme and display prop rental company based in Detroit. Their Mardi Gras rentals include French Quarter backdrops and facades; Bourbon Street lamp posts and signs; oversized Mardi Gras masks, jazz instruments and jesters; and purple, green and gold garland.

D&D Creations makes custom-made king, queen, maid and duke costumes.

Studio 3 Inc. rents oversized jester, clown and Rio-style character costumes for Mardi Gras parties, events and parades.

Success Creations' huge assortment of masks includes a line of extra-large Mardi Gras display masks.

Zucker Feather Products specializes in feather masks and boas.

More from our Mardi Gras Party Tip Sheet:
New Orleans-Style Entertainment
King Cakes and other New Orleans Sweets
Beads, Doubloons, Cups, Throws and Other Gifts

Posted 02.07.01

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