Books about Carnival

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by Dominic Massa

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Posted on December 16, 2010 at 5:30 PM

Updated Tuesday, Dec 31 at 4:51 PM

CARNIVAL: READ MORE ABOUT IT

One of the best things about Carnival is that it can be appreciated on so many different levels. There are of course the street parties and the parades to enjoy, but there are also volumes of cultural history that have been written about the celebration and its origins, which can be studied and enjoyed. Here are some Carnival works to consider.

BOOKS IN WIDESPREAD CIRCULATION:

Mardi Gras: Chronicles of the New Orleans Carnival
Errol Laborde
Pelican Publishing
2013

Krewe: The Early New Orleans Carnival, Comus to Zulu
Errol Laborde
Carnival Press
2007

Rex: An Illustrated History of the School of Design
Stephen Hales
2010

Mardi Gras New Orleans
Henri Schindler
Flammarion
1997

Mardi Gras Treasures: Invitations of the Golden Age
Mardi Gras Treasures: Float Designs of the Golden Age
Mardi Gras Treasures: Costume Designs of the Golden Age
Mardi Gras Treasures: Jewelry of the Golden Age
Henri Schindler
Pelican Publishing

Marched the Day God: A History of the Rex Organization
Errol Laborde
The School of Design
1999

Mardi Gras! A Celebration
Photographs by Mitchel Osborne; Text by Errol Laborde
Picayune Press
1981

Mardi Gras: A Pictorial History of Carnival in New Orleans
Leonard Huber
Pelican Publishing
1977, 1989

Mardi Gras… As It Was
Robert Tallant
Pelican Publishing
1947

Bacchus
Myron Tassin
Pelican Publishing
1975

Mardi Gras and Bacchus: Something Old, Something New
Myron Tassin, Buddy Stall
Pelican Publishing
1984

Mardi Gras Indians
Michael P. Smith
Pelican Publishing
1994

RARE, HARDER TO FIND HISTORIES:

If Ever I Cease to Love: One Hundred Years of Rex 1872-1971
Charles “Pie” Dufour, Leonard Huber
School of Design
1970

A Chronicle of the First Century of the Knights of Momus
Charles “Pie” Dufour
Knights of Momus
1971

Krewe of Proteus: The First Hundred Years
Charles “Pie” Dufour
Upton Printing
1981

The Mistick Krewe: Chronicles of Comus and His Kin
Perry Young
Carnival Press/Standard Printing Company
1931, 1979 

Carnival and Mardi Gras in New Orleans
Perry Young
Harmanson’s
1939

New Orleans Masquerade: Chronicles of Carnival
Arthur Burton LaCour, Stuart Omer Landry
Pelican Publishing
1952, 1957

 

 

               

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