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Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras is a time a celebration that starts with Carnival and extends through the start of Lent. The actual day, means Fat Tuesday, is the day before Ash Wednesday. Since Lent begins on that day, Mardi Gras is considered the last day of revelry and debauchery before the start of Lent, a time of sacrifice and reflection. Check out our super selection of mens and womens Mardi Gras costumes.

History of Mardi Gras

Like many of today’s Christian celebrations, Mardi Gras stems back to pagan spring and fertility rites. The holiday today is meant to celebrate excess and indulgence before Ash Wednesday and Lent. While Mardi Gras, Carnival and Fat Tuesday are all the same celebration, the two months leading up to Fat Tuesday, also called Mardi Gras, is called Carnival.

Today, Mardi Gras and Carnival are celebrated around the world. Feasting on King Cakes decked out in purple, gold and green icing is popular around the world, and some slices even have a small token inside one slice. An old tradition says the person who finds a token in their piece is "crowned" king for a day, and can enjoy the best food and drink served to them. So watch what you're eating!

Besides bead throwing and intense parties, Mardi Gras also features incredible masks and costumes, and the Krewe that wear them. Krewes are party organizers, and once the masks were used to protect their identity as they sang and danced around, begging for food and money to make communal gumbo. Today, these masks are just as much a part of protecting identity as they are a symbol and part of their costume.

Facts About Mardi Gras

All fun has to come to an end, which is actually what Mardi Gras is, the day marking the end of Carnival. And while the French brought Mardi Gras to the states, it’s celebrated all over the world, like in Ireland, England, and even Canada, where it’s called Pancake Day. While Mardi Gras is known for being in New Orleans, the first Mardi Gras celebration in the US was in Alabama in 1703, but the first parade was in New Orleans in 1837, and it took another twenty years before floats became commonplace. But every Mardi Gras has three main colors: gold for power, green for faith, and purple for justice. See these facts and more in our Mardi Gras Facts infographic.

Men's Mardi Gras Costumes

Are you a Bookman, or a King? You can be anyone you want to be today, so choose wisely. Pick out a royal cape and don a magnificent crown while feasting on Kings Cake, or cover your human face with a devil mask, skipping around with the beast himself for a day. Indulge in a Carnival character costume and become a giant bat, or join the Cow Band, where you can either be the matador or raging bull. Or, go for the classic French mask and cape. Anything from domino masks to skin suits goes, so be creative. Maybe you’re looking for comfort and will stick to a simple mask and Mardi Gras beads, or maybe you’ll go all out for the occasion and dance around in a full jester costume. Fat Tuesday is a day where just about anything goes. Pick out bright colors, shiny masks, glittery clothes or wild wigs. Today is about food and fun, so be sure to be cheering along the sidelines with everyone else dressed in wild costumes as parade floats with wild scenes drift by. Just be sure to keep your color scheme to the traditional green, purple and gold.

Women's Mardi Gras Costumes

Go all out at this wild celebration. Pick out the wildest costume you can think of, and you may still look tame compared to the performers. Decorate yourself in stunning swaths of green, gold and purple, float down the road in royal cloaks, or mesmerize from behind a mask. Mardi Gras is a celebration where you can be anybody, so dress up however you like. Your mask shields your face, so go out and have fun! Prance around in a full jester outfit, or do it the Mardi Gras way by making it a sexy jester costume. Go as the classic harlequin clown, or get fancy in frilly dresses as a baby doll or pick out a classy masquerade costume to spend the day in. Wear a tinsel wig to really shine, or simply stay comfortable in a shimmery mask. Or, if you can’t make it down to New Orleans to see the parade go by, set up your own Mardi Gras party. Everyone should be able to celebrate Mardi Gras. Have masks at the ready and plenty of beads to throw. Just be sure to include King Cake covered in icing, plenty of music and dancing, and lots of good food!

Mardi Gras Masks

Not only is it encouraged for everyone to wear masks at Mardi Gras, but those on floats are also required to wear them by law. There are many different kinds of masks, from simple domino masks to full-face masks. Some look like dunce hats, while others are more animalistic, and can even feature real fur. Wireframes, feathers and cardboard make up standard masks, but some of the more decorative and beautiful ones can be ceramic or porcelain. But while there are masks, there are also some recurring characters at Carnival, like baby dolls, who are women dressed in frilly dresses and bonnets carrying a baby doll mean to represent an illegitimate child. Watch in fear and amazement as bands of bats, imps and beasts march by, headed by the Bookman, said to reflect the face of the devil himself. Enjoy the sophisticated dances of Dame Lorraine characters, dressed in fancy hats and dresses, witness the power of Fancy Indians worn by Native Americans, easily spotted because of their incredible headdresses, and keep your coin purse out of the clutches of the Midnight Robbers, picked out of the crowd by his black clothes and wide-brimmed hat, adorned with skull and crossbones and coffins.

Mardi Gras Accessories

Anything from masks to beads goes, but there is so much more! Use a skin suit as a base for your costume and add layers of decoration to that. Get a simple mask and add feathers and rhinestones and paint, or buy one pre-made and add it as a finishing touch to your costume. Every king needs a crown, so if you’re feeling royal be sure to pick up a regal crown to wear for the day, and maybe even a scepter to wield. Wear a red suit and add a mask topped with frightening devil horns to complete the look, or go for the old world feel and hide your face with a domino mask, paired with a fabulous cape of course. Or make like some parade performers and go animalistic. A kitty mask or long-nosed bird-like mask are the perfect additions to take your costume from good to great.

6 Pack Sequin Mardi Gras Masks
Be ready to join the alligators and jesters when you slip one of these Sequin Mardi Gras Masks! A pack gives you six unique wing-tipped domino masks full of red, green, and purple sequins. Wear them with our many Mardi Gras costumes (sold here) for a cute look.
Women's Green Glitter Gogo Boots
You won't need the luck of the Irish when you show up this St. Patrick's Day wearing the Women's Green Glitter Go-Go Boots! Your sexy leprechaun costume will be cool and comfortable in these green sparkling high heel boots with inner zipper. Add a cutsey Leprechaun Hat to to finish your sexy look with a playful touch. Also makes a stellar addition to any Space Princess Halloween Costume. No matter the holiday, Costume SuperCenter has what you need for the costume you want! Order your Women's Green Glitter Go-Go Boots today!
Minotaur Mask
The might of the Minotaur is within grasp! This Minotaur Mask is undefinable and strong! Join your Mardi Gras parties in this powerful Minotaur Mask!
Littlest Lobster Toddler Costume
Dive in for some deep sea fun when your little one is wearing this Littlest Lobster Toddler Costume! This comfortable and eye-catching jumpsuit style costume shows off their love of the water with a colorful lobster suit that is definitely the snappiest you'll see this year! Made of high-quality materials for a great fit during every day play time, trick or treating or any other costumed occasion year-round! Check out our entire selection of Halloween costumes and accessories for toddlers to take this amazing look to the next level!
Professional Tights Kelly Green - Men
Get green for Halloween when wearing the Professional Tights Kelly Green - Me. These Green Men's Tights are perfect for plenty of costumes like Peter Pan and Robin Hood. Great for use in theatre and cosplay, these Men's Green Tights will last. The elastic has a soft knit that won't itch while stretching to fit any type of leg. Complete your Halloween look this year and order the Professional Tights Kelly Green - Men today!
Green Makeup
The Wicked Witch ain't got nothin' on you! Use our Green Makeup to turn your face and body a deep green. Each 0.7 ounce bottle has a screw-cap so the creamy makeup inside doesn't dry out between uses. Great for Hulk and fairy costumes as well.
Adult Glitzy Cat Black And Gold Mardi Gras Mask
Add instant allure to your carnival costume with this Adult Glitzy Cat Black And Gold Mardi Gras Mask! This enticing mask is the purrfect choice for anyone who loves feisty felines. The black mask is designed with ears and scalloped edges and it features an elaborate design made with sparkling gold glitter.
Comfy Wear Lobster Costume
Bring this year's Halloween to the ocean when you pick up our Comfy Wear Lobster Costume! With your purchase, you will receive a bright red hooded lobster onesie which will keep you warm and snug throughout the entire night. Team up with some other oceanic friends like a fish and a mermaid, and you're sure to have your best Halloween yet. Pick up your costume today, and then scan our site for the rest of your Halloween costume and accessory needs!
Grease Green Base Make-Up
What's a green witch, a frog prince, or a lucky four leaf clover creature being to do when they're low on pigment? Green Base Cream Makeup to the rescue! For adults or children who dream bigger, this professional quality cream makeup can make all the difference. Use with ease knowing it's water washable, so you can take it off as easily as you put it on.
King Robe Adult Costume
You can be a royal charmer this Halloween when you put on the Kings Robe Adult Costume. This red crushed velvet robe is floor length, has a white border and gold stitch trim. It is secured by a clasp around the neck. This costume accessory can go with many outfits, such as medieval garb at a renaissance fair. Other costume suggestions include a chess pieces, Freddy Mercury from the rock group Queen, or the king of the prom. You can also use it for a contest at your Halloween bash or other soiree; king the winner and give him this robe as a prize Buy it now and use it over and over with many different outfits. Check out our accessories section for other royal items such as crowns, scepters and swords.
Dark Royalty Queen Mask
The Dark Royalty Queen Mask won't only disguise your look, but it will have you looking like you just stepped out of a Hollywood movie. This mask features ribbons that drape down the side of the mask with a crown at the top. Put on a long black cape and you will seriously look like a movie star. This mask will show everyone that you mean business and are not here to play with fashion!
Black Satin Domino Mask
Nobleman by day, vigilante by night. Leave the mark of Zorro all around town when you slip on a Black Satin Domino Mask! Treated satin cut into an oval shape makes up the body of this mask, the nose molded to stand. An elastic band keeps it on your head. Add on a black hat, black cape, and sword so you can dish out some justice.
Tinsel Wig - Red
Go make this Halloween a night to remember when you pick up our Tinsel Wig - Red! Whether you're dressing up as a sexy devil, a cheerleader, a dancer, or any other character in need of some red and some flair, you certainly can't go wrong with this special wig. With your purchase, you will receive a dazzling red tinsel strand wig to make all your costume dreams come true. Buy yours today, and then scan our site for the rest of your Halloween accessory needs!
Crown for a Child
Transform into a young king this year with a great accessory! Buy the Crown for a Child today. Everyone should be treated like royalty for a day. Be respected and loved by all in this ornate crown. Also complete your ensemble with a elegant cape, a scepter, and a faux beard and moustache!
Mystery Mask Adult Black
When you take to the floor to waltz with your partner in this Mystery Mask Adult Black, youre sure to get everyone whispering about who that elegant stranger could be! Youre sure to turn some heads when you conceal your identity with this mask, so get ready for everyone to be curious about you. Whether youre the only one in disguise or if youre at a full masquerade ball, this disguise will stand out either way!
Tinsel Wig - Purple
No matter the occasion, you'll be more than prepared when you pick up our Tinsel Wig - Purple! Whether you're dressing up for Mardi Gras or Halloween, with this dazzling purple tinsel wig atop your head, you'll be ready to party all night long. With your purchase, you will receive a flashy set of purple tinsel strand hair to pair with the rest of your costume. Buy yours today, and go have the time of your life!
Women's Purple Bob Wig
Forget Twilight Sparkle. Come in wearing a Women's Purple Bob Wig and you'll have any stallion asking to dance! This cropped wig comes only to the jaw and has straight, long bangs. Order it to complete any Halloween or rave costume.
King Robe Crown Adult Costume Kit
Your kingdom awaits, when you put on our King Robe and Crown Set Costume this Halloween! When you walk into a Halloween party wearing this costume, everyone will bow down to their rightful ruler. Check out our other royal costumes for your queen, or get a knight or court jester costume for your best friend!
Black Sequin Eye Mask
Bring extra flavor to the masquerade when you don this Black Sequin Eye Mask. A domino inspired face cover that sparkles in the party lights thanks to our sequin design. It'll accentuate any frilly attire and make it pop like no other. Make this mask the coup de grace of your outfit.
Mens Kings Robe And Crown Set
Here at We, we have the best item that will make you feel like straight up royalty. There is nothing better than taking the shine of the British royal family when you have an item like this to show off. Your Queen will be waiting for you on the other side the bash so you both can talk about how awesome it is to be monarchs.
Short Bob Neon Green Wig
Want to stand out this Halloween? You'll be easy to spot when you wear the Wig-neon Bob-green! This short green wig with bangs is stylish and fun. Pair it with an alien costume for a night that's out of this world or wear it with a clown or anime costume. Everyone will be green with envy when they see you in the neon green bob wig!
Silver Sequin Eye Mask
Looking for a way to outshine others at a masquerade? Look no further than this sparkly Sequin Eye Mask. This comfortable mask has an elastic string, made for all sizes. You won't have to worry of losing your identity, because this mask will stay put. Get ready to be the center of attention this Halloween and order the Sequin Eye Mask online!
Silver Sequin Eye Mask
2nd Skin - Green Skin Suit - for Adults
This snug and stylish 2nd Skin - Green Skin Suit - for Adults will let you create your very own costume ensemble for Halloween or cosplay. Where it by itself or pair with our extensive collection of costume accessories. Order online today.
Adult Inflatable Green Jumpsuit
Green and mean is the name of the game when you roll through. When you wear this chic Adult Inflatable Green Jumpsuit you'll be the highlight of your party. With a zip up suit with a fan combo that requires four AA batteries you'll be ready to balloon up and be around the entire party! The costume comes with a mask that's made of breathable fabric so you don't have to worry about being uncomfortable and a matching set up gloves. This outfit pairs up great with other inflatable costumes, if you have a group of friends you can be a colorful posse waiting to roll around the shindig. Make sure you add on a color corresponding jumpsuit so you can stay in costume the entire party and keep it lit up. You won't be lean, but you'll a different shade of green in this Adult Inflatable Green Jumpsuit.
Crown for a King
Show the neighborhood that you are a king this Halloween! Gather your scepter and cape, but also remember your crown. Buy the Crown for a King today! This classic crown says royalty and grace. Go to the next Halloween party and find your queen and royal court in the crowds!
Deluxe Mardi Gras Mask
This deluxe Mardi Gras mask is the perfect way to finish your costume for the biggest party of the year! The gold mask is decorated in green and purple and features matching ribbons and colored feathers on the right side.
Deluxe Purple Top Hat
Raise your fashion and class with our Deluxe Purple Top Hat. It's got a vibrant purple color to it that's sure to have eye popping affects on your guests. Complement your lavish style with this top hat and be sure to make it apart of your attire today.
Deluxe Purple Cowboy Hat
Make any saloon girl swoon when you walk in wearing a Deluxe Purple Cowboy Hat! Each unisex topper is made out of stiff felt and will keep the sun out of your eyes as you're aiming for some vagrant. Has an attached neck band. Great for college parties and silly Halloween parties
Deluxe Yellow Cowboy Hat
Outshine the midday sun when you slip a Deluxe Cowboy Hat onto your head! Each felt top has a lightly bent brim and robe neckband threaded through the top of the hat. Wear it for a silly Halloween get-up or to celebrate your team's big win.