This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional support is provided by the Nathan Cummings Foundation, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation, Art4Moore Foundation, and the Sewing Machine Project.

Friday, June 6, 2008

Field Trip to Mardi Gras World

Today was our first field trip day for 2008. We went to Mardi Gras World for an inside look at how floats are made for the city's many mainline Carnival krewes, including Rex, Endymion, Bacchus, and Orpheus. Students began the tour by trying on an assortment of Carnival costumes. They then watched a short film on the history of mainline Mardi Gras, after which they were served king cake, a traditional Carnival season treat. Later, Ms. Lynn, our tour guide, led everyone through Mardi Gras World to see the paint and carpentry shop where artists build and decorate floats as well as the float storage areas.

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