Mardi Gras : Throw Me Somethin’ Mister!!

by Jannika Forester



Mardi Gras, Carnival, Fat Tuesday, no matter how you cut the King’s Cake, this beloved
celebration is the a fine tradition of stuffing face just before the penitential season of lent. If you are unfamiliar with Mardi Gras, some popular practices include wearing masks and costumes, overturning social conventions, dancing, sports competitions, parades, etc. Similar expressions to Mardi Gras appear in other countries sharing the Christian religion. For some of the youngins in the crowd, Mardi Gras is probably more relatable in the context of the boobs for beads barter system, a culture nurtured by the rash of commercial videotapes catering to voyeurs, *cough-GIRLSGONEWILD-cough,* started
in the last decade of the 20th century. Rest assured, gentle reader, these nefarious goings on are practiced only in very small fragments of where Mardi Gras is celebrated, mostly by
visitors rather than locals. But hey, laissez les bons temps rouler, we’re New Yorker’s; we know how tourists can be.

Other cities famous for Mardi Gras celebrations include Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Barranquilla, Colombia, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, Quebec City, Canada; Mazatlán, Sinaloa in Mexico; and of course, New Orleans, Louisiana. But don’t think you need to become a jet-setting party animal to get in on the action, there are usually a few things happening right outside your front door. Check back later for more information on the laissez-faire goings on in the New York City area.

More of a home body? Bliye sou li! Bring the big fat festivities home with some of our great party planning ideas coming later this month:

*Make your own Mardi Gras masks

*Mini-float centerpieces


In the meantime, be sure to check out our inventory of new Mardi Gras goods!  

Rocking this Mardi Gras on a pauper’s penny? Consider choosing an exclusive costume from Private Island!

We pride ourselves on our large selection of special costumes, accessories, and themed holiday items at unmatchable prices! Harlequin costume, Jester costume, King’s costume, Queen’s costume, children’s costume, adult’s costume, we’ve got what you need to let the good times roll without dropping serious doubloons




1. Harlequin Thigh High Stockings, available in purple, green, or gold.


2. Sequin Mardi Gras Masks


3. Beaded Necklaces sold by the mixed dozen


4. Sequin Jester Hat


5. Purple Feather Boa, also available in green, gold, and mixed Mardi Gras colors


6. Black & Gold Venetian Mask


7. Red & Gold Venetian Mask


8. Deluxe Glitter Top Hats


9. Black Full Face Mask with Peacock Feathers


10. Mini Sequin Top Hat


11. Party Sunglasses

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