Watercolors pretty enough for a princess’s bridal parade. Sketches of floats for New Orleans, Louisiana Mardi Gras parades from a bit back in time. All delicately beautiful.

"Ahtola-water castle - Ahto, god of ocean" float. 1893.
“Ahtola-water castle – Ahto, god of ocean” float. 1893. Krewe of Proteus entry for a parade with a Kalavala” theme. 19th c. Watercolor. Carlotta Bonnecaze, maker. @Carnival Collection, Louisiana Research Collection at Tulane University. Fair use license. via https://digitallibrary.tulane.edu/islandora/object/tulane%3A9095
"Aida" float design for the 1901 Mistick Krewe of Comus entry for a parade with a "Selections from the Opera" theme.
“Aida” float design for the 1901 Mistick Krewe of Comus entry for a parade with a “Selections from the Opera” theme. 20th c. Watercolor. Jennie Wilde, maker. © Carnival Collection, Louisiana Research Collection at Tulane University. Fair use license. via https://digitallibrary.tulane.edu/islandora/object/tulane%3A7446
Alaska" themed float, Krewe of Proteus entry for an 1899 parade with an "E Pluribus Unum" theme. 19th c.
“Alaska” themed float, Krewe of Proteus entry for an 1899 parade with an “E Pluribus Unum” theme. 19th c. Watercolor. Bror Anders Wikstrom, maker. ©Carnival Collection, Louisiana Research Collection at Tulane University. Fair use license. via https://digitallibrary.tulane.edu/islandora/object/tulane%3A9159
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