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Mardi Gras: 1961

Mardi Gras: 1961

Mardi Gras Day Feb 14, 1961. The holidays are over, the nation settles into a deep freeze, except in New Orleans, where all attention turns to Mardi Gras. For all the people you see costumed on Mardi Gras, it begins at home. I am in the bear costume, at 3 years old. My older brothers are a cowboy, and a circus master riverboat gambler, and my sister is a bunny rabbit. After the family picture, we would head to the parades. It must not have been a very cold winter that season, as the exposed water pipe is not wrapped! If we had a forecast of a "hard" freeze (mid 20's or below), Dad would wrap it for the rest of the season. View full size.

Riverboat Gambler

A minor correction. My oldest brother, back right, was actually dressed as a Riverboat Gambler. I would have bet he was a circus ring master!

THE 100-YEAR-OLD PHOTO BLOG | History in HD is a vintage photo blog featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1950s. The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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