The glimmering processions of the masked gods and bearded kings of New Orleans Carnival occupy a central position among the rites and glories of this great festival. The long succession of these glowing, torch-lit pageantswith their towering monsters and fantastic decors, their papier-mâché kingdoms and diamond-dust thronesbecame the greatest and most beloved of New Orleans communal rituals. The fantastic parade floats of Carnival's Golden Age (1870-1930) illustrated themes drawn from mythology, epic literature, history, nature, and whimsy. Presented in this collection are thirty dazzling examples of original float designs as rendered in watercolor and lithographsmost of them reproduced here for the first time.
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