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Where do they get those fabulous Mardi Gras costumes?

Find out how these magnificent costumes are made.

You see them lead the parade in their colorful costumes. The royalty of the krewes don an amazing Mardi Gras costumes. Krewe of Gemini Captain Mary Ann Edens shares some interesting facts about their royalty’s apparel.

Wardrobe designers begin at least a year and a half in advance. Which means they are already working on the following years costumes before the current year are even revealed. The Gemini costumes come from New Orleans.

The costumes are very heavy. The formal part of the ensemble, what people would consider the suit or dress portion, weighs around 25 pounds on average. Colorful collar-pieces are worn on the shoulders much like a backpack. They range anywhere from 35 to 60 pounds. A normal head piece usually spans around 6 feet wide and 5 feet above the royalty’s head but some actually reach 10 feet!

They say the costumes aren’t cheap! The Krewe of Gemini spends approximately $55,000 annually which averages $7,000 to $9,000 per costume. After the season is over, they are retired to Gemini’s Mardi Gras Museum and visitors can marvel at them from year to year. You can see past royalty décor at 2101 East Texas Street in Bossier City.

Mardi Gras costumes aren’t just for parades. The grand reveal of the outfits occur at Gemini’s Grand Bal. Then, Krewe members wear their regalia on various visits leading up to the parade. These visits include Shriner’s Children’s Hospital, the Northwest Louisiana War Veterans Home, various local schools and nursing homes. Finally, everyone at the krewe parade will see the costume as the king, queen and court ride in their floats. Depending on the weather, the collar piece may or not be worn depending on the weather. Although the parade most always rolls rain or shine, the feathers on the collar pieces are easily damaged by water.

For event and membership information, you can contact The Krewe of Gemini on their website.

You can find more information and stories on Mardi Gras here in our Mardi Gras Section.

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