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