[New Orleans, LA] — With Mardi Gras breathing down our throats here in NOLA — Fat Tuesday is next week — those wishing for a last-minute, one-of-a-kind mask for the occasion would be well-served at the Mardi Gras Mask Market.

In its 29th year, the event in the French Quarter’s French Market features artists from New Orleans and across the country displaying and selling their unique and original Mardi Gras masks.

Granted, these hand-made items come at a higher price than you’d find at mass-market retailers, but whether you’re into feather or leather, you’re likely to find a keepsake you can hang on your wall when Mardi Gras is over.

The essentials:

Hours: 11:00 am through 6:00 pm

Friday 2/17 through Monday 2/20

The French Market/1008 N. Peters St./NOLA

Schedule and entertainment: http://www.frenchmarket.org/events/



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Glen Abbott is a Florida-based travel writer & photographer specializing in motorcycle touring and travel. He is regular contributor to Harley-Davidson's HOG Magazine, and his travel features appear regularly in motorcycle magazines and other publications.

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  1. Joe Wong

    February 22, 2012

    I’m sure you had a blast at the Mardi
    Gras. haven’t been there for a while

  2. jenjenk

    February 20, 2012

    darn it. i should’ve taken up an offer to ride in the parade on tuesday night!! 🙁 what an experience Mardi Gras must be!!!!!

    well, at least i picked up my mask when i was out there last week!
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    • Travelin' Gringo

      February 22, 2012

      OMG. You had a chance to ride on a float in a parade? I would love to be able to do that sometime!

  3. Emme Rogers @ Roamancing

    February 19, 2012

    Have always wanted to be in New Orleans for the Mardi Gras. Those makes definitely set the tone.
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  4. MIchael Figueiredo

    February 18, 2012

    How fun! Going to Mardi Gras in New Orleans is definitely on my bucket list. 🙂
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  5. Jeremy Branham

    February 18, 2012

    I don’t think some of those people need a mask! 🙂
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  6. Michaela

    February 18, 2012

    This is great! My traveling buddies and I were just talking about potentially doing Mardi Gras in New Orleans next year. I’m already excited!
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  7. inka

    February 18, 2012

    I want feathers and mucho glitz. Which one are you having?
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    • Travelin' Gringo

      February 18, 2012

      I knew you’d like these Inka! Sorry to say, but my jester hat and mask were store-bought — while I can appreciate this type of art, I can’t necessarily afford it!

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