Diane M Kellogg
Sketch Pad - February 15, 2021
Art History - A Look at the Art for Mardi Gras Parade Floats.
The above art was created as a guide to building the Krewe of Proteus float design for the 1895 parade. The artist was Carlotta Bonnecaze, the first woman to design floats for Mardi Gras.
She also designed #6 below in 1893 and #16 in 1896.
The bottom left shows The Mistick Krewe of Comus design from 1910 by Jennie Wilde and the bottom right is the Knights of Momus 1878 design by Charles Briton.
Wikipedia defines krewe as "(pronounced "crew") is a social organization that puts on a parade or ball for the Carnival season."
What fun it must have been not only to attend these Mardi Gras parades of the past but to have worked on the floats too.
Quote of the Day -
"...an American has not seen the United States until he has seen Mardi Gras in New Orleans."
Sources - Photos - Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain