1841 Group masking huge Mardi Gras

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1841 Group masking huge Mardi Gras - a so t favor-ite, ub-serricnt a iflardl Graa....
a so t favor-ite, ub-serricnt a iflardl Graa. Great CacnJcade latmente Proce$in Tre mendous Turn-out Freaks of Fa'nef ' Mirth of the Masquerade Christian and Bedouin Arabs The Grand and the' Grotesque, Tho masquerade yesterday .was the tallest, broadest across, and the loneest up and down that ever assembled to celebrate fat Tuesday. There were more honest fellows,, more odd fel lows, and more deaV funny fellows grouped together in that procession than ever before "showed off" on any similar occasion, in New Orleans. It was a great picture of broad grins and gaggcry, a kind of panoramic comic almanac, revised and improved, with an extra num ber of plates, designed and executed by ama teur artists. The balconies and the windows and the doors, in Royal street, St. Churles street, nnd Camp street, were filled with as fair forms as ever graced the court of kings eyes shone from them that rivalled in brightness the diamond's lustre. The sterner sex took their place on the banquette, and so closely were they "jamm3d" together, that when they moved, or wheeled, or advanced, they performed the motion by sections ol thousands. Nat Willis may talk as much as he pleases about the Egliu- ton Tournament about . its chivalry and its beauty its mail-clnd, hclmcted knight its lords and its ladies gay, hut we will wager a dozen of Chambertin to a mug of hard cider that their tilting and their trumpery, were not the shadow of a shade of a circumstance, to the doings and the drollery of our Mardi Gras. It was a "sure enough" world's convention, where all nations were represeutcd none of your humbug, abolition abortions of a convention, but the real thing itself. There was such a diversity of dress so manifold were the masks, and eo outre were many of the characters, that it would seem invidious to particularize. The Bedouins were a bold brigandish looking troop, and tiic Foli&h lancers sat the saddle proudly as became tho representatives of Kosciiuko's countrymcii. "Robert Macaire" resembled the original with Daguerreotype exactness. lie prided in as extensive a pair of whiskers, wore his pants as tight, had the same snuffy looking silk tripe, "shocking bad hat," and all the nonchalance and dont-care-a-djiii-itiveiicss of De Bar or even Browne himself. Even quadrupeds took a part in the proceedings, and although the lxnr, or the monkey, or the chicken cock did not, in the parliamentary acceptation of the term, make a motion, they moved men to laughter with their antics. A male and female exquisite, for 1.1 1 1, were good ; the looking glass on tlie boom of the shirt as a substitute for a breastpin, was ai excellent satire on tlu last.) of men wearing large broc lies. The Down-East Yankee, too, was " ns mt-teral as life." The Irishman, with his hay stuffed "caubeen" with his as good-half riding behind him, wanted only a "pillion" to make them a regular Kerry couple. Strangers, citizeus, draymen, darkies cvory body seemed it enjoy the scene amazingly . New Orleans is n great city. to travelled in- six ho It r-u;-e,

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  1. The Times-Picayune,
  2. 24 Feb 1841, Wed,
  3. Page 2

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