Written for the casual Carnival observer as well as the veteran Mardi Gras fan, Mardi Gras in New Orleans: An Illustrated History is a concise and comprehensive pictorial account of the celebration. With 325 vintage and contemporary illustrations and 60,000 words of text, the hardbound volume is the ultimate resource on the celebration, past and present.
This updated fourth edition features an expanded reference section that provides details on nearly 600 Carnival organizations, including the identities of 5,000 kings and queens.
About the Author
Arthur Hardy is nationally recognized as a premiere authority on Mardi Gras in New Orleans. The fifth generation New Orleanian acts as an on-air Mardi Gras expert for WDSU television, WWL radio and The New Orleans Channel.com
Since 1977, his award-winning Mardi Gras Guide magazine has sold more than two million copies. Arthur Hardy’s hard cover, coffee table book, Mardi Gras in New Orleans, An Illustrated History, is now in its fourth edition (2009).
As a consultant to visiting media, Hardy has worked with print and electronic journalists from Europe, Japan, Canada, China, National Geographic, CNN, Travel/Holiday, Radio Free Europe, Frommer's Guide to the Southeast, USA Today, Good Morning America, Entertainment Tonight, Fodor's Guide to New Orleans, CBS Morning News and National Public Radio. He has appeared on the NBC Today Show three times. Hardy has done consulting work with motion picture producers and corporations involved in Mardi Gras promotions.
Praise for Mardi Gras in New Orleans: An Illustrated History…
“It is a treasure trove for Carnival aficionados and scholars. But more than that, this book belongs in school and public libraries, and on the family book shelf. This painstaking labor will benefit generations of future Carnival researchers. Hardy makes a significant contribution to Mardi Gras history.”
Book editor, New Orleans Times-Picayune
“Arthur Hardy has given us a beautifully illustrated, panoramic almanac of Carnival, a gift to all lovers of Mardi Gras.”
Mardi Gras historian, author
“Arthur Hardy displays his incredible knowledge of the history and lore of Mardi Gras. There has never been a presentation of New Orleans greatest party told quite like this.”
Blaine “Mr. Mardi Gras” Kern
Master float builder
“Arthur Hardy follows in the tradition of Arthur Burton Lacour (New Orleans Masquerade, 1957), who first took on the task of compiling Carnival krewe histories into one book. Hardy gives us that and much more, providing a mother lode of Carnival information in a beautifully illustrated book.”
Editor, New Orleans Magazine