Library: Visit the library to find Mardi Gras history and costume ideas


BPL is going to be at the Barkus and Meoux Mardi Gras parade on Sunday, January 31 beginning at 1p.m. The location is at 2000 Reeve Marine Drive next to the Centurylink with the parade walk starting at 3p.m. Register your pets ahead of time and let them show off their best parade costumes.

In the Children’s section of the library there are several books about Mardi Gras where you might find some ideas for pet costumes. They include “Carnival” by Alice K. Flanagan; “Festivals” by Ellen Galford; and “Mardi Gras” by Ann Heinrichs. They are filled with colorful illustrations describing the history of Carnival not only in Louisiana, but around the world.

Vickie Hardin is Associate Director of Public Relations for Bossier Parish Library.
Vickie Hardin is Associate Director of Public Relations for Bossier Parish Library.

Mardi Gras, Gumbo, and Zydeco: Readings in Louisiana Culture” edited by Marcia Gaudet is an e-Book that can be downloaded from Overdrive on the BPL website at The book is a compilation of essays. “Written by leading scholars, the thirteen essays focus on many subjects, including the celebration of Mardi Gras and of Christmas, Louisiana foodways, the delineation between Cajun and Creole, the African Americans and Native Americans of the region, Zydeco music, and Cajun humor.”

This is a fun time of year. Visit the library to find great ideas for costumes and learn about the history of Mardi Gras. Let the good times roll! See you at the Barkus and Meoux parade.

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Vickie Hardin is Associate Director of Public Relations for Bossier Parish Library. She can be reached at