Real Carnival treasures don’t necessarily come from floats. Bring the magic of purple, green and gold into your home with these seasonal accessories from some local stores.
Guilt-free king cake
Although its intoxicating scent of fresh-baked king cake may prime your appetite for the real thing, this small-batch soy candle is a zero-calorie indulgence good for 75 hours of burn time.
Home Malone, 4610 Magazine St. and 629 N. Carrollton Ave., New Orleans, (504) 766-6148, homemalonenola.com. Conrad Rose 10-ounce king cake candle in frosted green glass jar, $28.
When Mardi Gras parades were canceled in 2021, New Orleanians stepped up their exterior decor to keep the Carnival spirit alive. In this colorful, photo-filled book, The Times-Picayune journalists share images and stories of house floats and the birth of Yardi Gras.
Pediment Publishing, pediment.com. “Porches on Parade: How House Floats Saved Mardi Gras” hardcover coffee table book, $39.95.
This serving tray from Mignon Faget Home captures the essence of Mardi Gras 2021 when New Orleans residents transformed their homes into vibrant stationary “floats” to the delight of passersby.
Mignon Faget, 3801 Magazine St., New Orleans, and Lakeside Shopping Center, 3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd, Metairie, (504) 891-2005, mignonfaget.com. House Floats of New Orleans tray (17 inches long by 8.75 inches wide) made from layered birch veneer with a protective laminated surface, $39.
Now that parades are set to roll again, trees along the route are about to get a fresh batch of beads to adorn their branches. Toast the return of Mardi Gras with these double old-fashioned glasses, a new design from Mignon Faget.
Mignon Faget, 3801 Magazine St., New Orleans, and Lakeside Shopping Center, 3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd, Metairie, (504) 891-2005, mignonfaget.com. Set of four double old-fashioned glasses with multicolor ceramic printed beads hanging on Live Oak trees, $45.
Featuring a hand-drawn pattern by artist Jennifer Grehan, the New Orleans Mardi Gras toile pillow embodies a soft spot for the nostalgia and tradition of Carnivals gone by.
Judy at the Rink, 2727 Prytania St., New Orleans, (504) 891-7018, judyattherink.com. New Orleans Mardi Gras toile cotton/linen blend pillow cover (12 inches by 16 inches) with a zippered closure and insert pillow, $65.
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