Let’s Play Dress Up! Costume Culture In New Orleans

One of the things that is so magic about New Orleans is our love of costuming and make believe. Here you can be anything you want to be and no one will bat an eye. Whether it’s Mardi Gras, Halloween, one of our many festivals or any other day of the week here you are free to play dress up and these are some prime spots for you to indulge in creative expression with your krewe.

FiFi Mahoney’s –

934  Royal St. New Orleans, La
(504) 525-4343

New Orleans premier spot for wigs, headpieces, make-up and bling. They even do makeovers and salon services to get extra fabulous for your ladies night out.

Mardi Gras Museum of Costumes and Culture

1010 Conti Street, New Orleans, La.
(504) 218-4872

The place to be to take in all things Mardi Gras. There are exhibits, event functions and a costume closet where you and your friends can try on an array of looks and take selfies to take your fabulousity virtual.

The New Orleans Costume Center

2716 Royal Street New Orleans, La
(504) 430-2493

Everything that you need to build a fabulous costume for your special event. Fabrics, notions and even a designer on staff to inspire and create the look that you want to stand out from the crowd.




Top 5 Cocktails of New Orleans


New Orleans has never been known for being a teetolaling town. Au contraire, we are known to be quite self-indulgent when it comes to our alcohol consumption. It is part of our culture from family gatherings to business functions, you can bet that there’s drinking involved. Some have even credited us with being the birthplace of the cocktail and I’m going to share with you some of our local favorites that you can sample all in most of the bars and hotels recommended on this site.

The Sazerac – Created in the 1850’s by pharmacist Antoine Peychaud, this New Orleans classic cocktail remains for all intents and purposes unaltered by time. It began as a Cognac beverage it’s now most often prepared with rye bourbon , it’s signature Herbsaint, Peychaud’s Bitters and a dash of basic syrup.

Mint Julep – Mint Juleps are uniquely southern beverages made of bourbon, mint leaves, and sugar cubes. Served chilled, one can imagine them in the hands of great Southern writers like William Faulkner and Tennessee Williams. Lovely to enjoy on a columned porch of an antebellum home.

Ramos Gin Fizz– The Ramos Gin Fizz was created by Henry Ramos in the late 1800s at the Imperial Cabinet Saloon in New Orleans. It’s made with cream, gin, egg whites, citrus juice, orange blossom water, syrup, and club soda. Because of it’s frothy consistency it is often a good alternative to a bloody mary.

Pimm’s Cup – The Pimm’s Cup is an invigorating blend of Pimm’s No. 1 (a citrus flavored gin) lemonade, club soda and a slice of cucumber. Brought from London by a bartender at the renowned Napoleon House, this summertime cocktail rapidly got to be one of New Orleans’ most adored warm climate drinks.

The Hurricane – Pat O’Briens put the Hurricane on the map. A blend of sweet fruit juices and lots of alcohol, you cannot taste how strong it is until your already too drunk to do anything about it. Prepared by the right bartender, one drink is all it needs to make you Cat 5 inebriated.