Mardi Gras is not your typical celebration. You can’t just show up in jeans and a t-shirt and expect to blend in with the crowd. Mardi Gras is a celebration that induces all the senses with exhilarating sounds, dramatic colors, and outlandish sights. Only when you add some flair to your everyday outfit will you truly understand the essence of the holiday.
To make your Mardi Gras celebration more colorful and more fun, purchase some of these essential products:
Beads: You know what they are and you know what they do to Mardi Gras crowds. Beads come in all shapes and sizes, from standard purple, green, and gold spheres to ones with hanging Fleur de Lis, creepy antique masks, and jester shoes. You don’t have to toss them though – wearing them is just as cool.
Masks: Similar to the masks from the Venetian Carnival, Mardi Gras masks make you look mysterious and alluring at the same time. Go for a simple eye-covering on a stick or pick an elaborate mask that covers the entire face. Throw in some sequins, satin, and feathers and you’ve got a mask you’ll want to wear all year round.
Confetti Sticks: There are many options out there, but the 14” Flutter FETTI Confetti Stick is the best! It’s a confetti thrower without Co2. You just flick the tube with your wrist and watch 1,800 pieces of Flutter FETTI flutter, fly and float high into the air! There’s also the 14” Mardi Gras Swisher Confetti Stick, a confetti thrower, pom-pom, and noisemaker all in one – you just can’t beat that! Give them to all your friends and watch magic fill the air.
Hats: Talk about something that doesn’t require much work. You put it on your head and leave it there until you lose it or some intoxicated man steals it. There are sequin jester hats, furry bucket hats, ridiculously over-sized top hats, and much more. If you want to blend in with the Bourbon Street crowd, that harlequin-patterned beer mug hat is sure to do the trick.
Tiaras and Crowns: For the ladies, there are feathery headbands and purple fedoras. For the men, velvety purple crowns that evoke an air of royalty (minus your goofy grin). That golden rhinestone tiara may make you feel like a princess, but at the bar on St. Charles Avenue you sure won’t act like one.
Confetti Launchers: Humans toss beads, but mechanized launchers blow away the crowd with constant streams of confetti! For the people lucky enough to make and ride the parade floats, Continuous Flow Gerb Confetti Launchers are the ultimate addition to any float. They are totally self-contained, require no electricity, and blow Flutter FETTI 75 feet high into the air. They are easy to setup, easy to use, and are real crowd pleasers!
Costumes: Costumes are no joke during Mardi Gras. Flamboyant, theatrical, and downright amazing, these things are extremely complex and take a lot of planning. If you don’t have the time or creativity to build such a sensational work of art, consider buying a pre-packaged costume. The original costumes may be the ideal option, but the purchased costumes are a strong runner-up.
Cocktails: You don’t have to drink alcohol to enjoy the fun at Mardi Gras – virgin Bloody Marys and sugary sodas give you all the energy you really need. However, if you choose to imbibe alcoholic beverages, there are some that are better to put in your hands than others. Unlike dark brown Abita beer, cocktails exude a colorful nature and zesty flair. Try “The Hurricane”, a Prohibition-era classic, or a proper mint julep for all you Southern strollers.
Food: The only way to survive the Mardi Gras madness is with a drink in one hand and some food in the other. This isn’t the land of hamburgers and hotdogs though – here in New Orleans they specialize in beignets, crawfish pie, seafood gumbo, and other Cajon and Creole classics. After a few bites of this and a few bites of that, you’ll wish every holiday was as tasty as Mardi Gras.
About Flutter FETTI®: Flutter FETTI is an innovator, manufacturer, and worldwide distributor of confetti and streamer products. Our mission is to bring excitement and joy into every special event in your life. Contact one of our confettiologists and we’ll make the right product recommendation to add the “WOW!” effect to your Mardi Gras celebration.