This year, Mardi Gras season is celebrated through Tuesday February 16. Instead of celebrating with floats and parades, check out some of these New Orleans/Mardi Gras inspired selections and learn a bit about Mardi Gras in Memphis as well.
mardi gras books
We have a number of books on New Orleans and Mardi Gras including the Mardi Gras 2021 OverDrive Collection, a collection of books for kids and adults including cookbooks, guidebooks, fiction and more.
Or, check out these lists, place books on hold and pick them up at any branch. You can use curbside pickup and we’ll bring them out to your car.
mardi gras in memphis video
Once rivaling the festivities in New Orleans, Memphis’ Mardi Gras celebrations featured colorful costumes inspired by the cultures of classical antiquity, Greece, Rome, and Egypt along with an inventive origin story. Virtually forgotten today, the festivities were an annual highlight for decades, providing a crucial boost to the local economy after the Civil War. Unfortunately, the outbreak of a massive Yellow Fever outbreak in 1878 caused a gradual decline. A few years after the turn of the century, the party was over.
Watch this video produced by the History Department of Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library to learn more.
dig memphis mardi gras items
Get a closer look at the items shown in the video above. Dig Memphis holds many historical items related to Mardi Gras celebrations here in Memphis. Browse these items here.