à NOLA: Laissez les bons temps rouler

“The phrase Laissez les bons temps rouler is a Louisiana expression. This phrase often comes up where Mardi Gras is celebrated, on local television, and on radio.”


It was never important for me to see Mardi Gras, maybe I have just gotten too old. But it is never too late for me to see a museum, and this was a curious one. I found this on Fodor’s site and am reproducing the copy almost verbatim. It took a while to find the entrance, Arnaud’s is a fine dining restaurant, not the kind of place you would find me in. His walls have pictures of people like Bill Clinton and tons of actors, so you get the drift.

I must say I was shocked, as I walked through the door and the Maitre d’ was absolutely all out to take time to direct me to the museum, and they just leave you alone to look.

Germaine Wells Mardi Gras Museum

“During a 31-year period (1937-68), Germaine Cazenave Wells, daughter of Arnaud’s restaurant founder Arnaud Cazenave, was queen of Carnival balls a record 22 times for 17 different organizations. Many of her ball gowns, in addition to costumes worn by other family members, are on display in the one room museum above Arnaud’s.”

It is a collection of beautiful ball costumes. Imagine just like a lot of little girls today, who are obsessed with princesses. One day a year, they get to portray a real one (left)! Amazing the time that was put into Mardi Gras, which shows you the love the people of the city have for the event.

Contact Information

813 Bienville Street
2nd fl. (enter through restaurant)
French Quarter, New Orleans

There is also a collection of Easter hats.


I asked SDL free translation to give me a literal translation into French of the expression, let the good times roll. This one was a surprise, laisser le bon rouleau de temps: Let the good rolls of time! I guess I should have stood in Café du Monde.


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One Response to “à NOLA: Laissez les bons temps rouler”

  1. dweebcentric Says:

    you should link to arnaud’s website, they have some info about the museum here: http://www.arnaudsrestaurant.com/mardi-gras-museum/

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