Traditionally, Mardi Gras is celebrated as a last-minute carnival of sorts to get in those indulgent splurges before Lent. Whether thats food, booze or both for you, make the evening count if youre participating in the Western Christian practice. If youre of another faith, then just enjoy a night of gluttony and inebriation with your closest friends.
There are a few things youll need to ensure your level of fun matches the level of those actually in New Orleans, and its all about the mood.
Get in the spirit at Masquerade Costume & Tuxedo Rental (3434 N. Classen Blvd.; 528-1373) with an ample supply of Mardi Gras beads, masks and even a few color-appropriate clothing options. If youre bar hopping or staying put for the day of fun, acquiring the staple bunches o beads will be sure to add to the ambience of your night.
right at The Spiral Beadery
In fact, those beads might even get you a few drinks and a peep show.
October is almost a year away, so why wait until Halloween to dress up? Consider a colorful costume to commemorate the spicy Creole carnival season. Costume Fun House (4917 N.W. 23rd; 947-5726) has your dressup needs covered. And if it doesnt, the store can order in whatever it is you need to make that outfit complete.
If you want to be festive and stay fancy with your beads, then make one stop at The Spiral Beadery and More, Inc. (4327 N. Western; 525-5454).
Granted, its not the traditional garb youd think of for the beloved party night, and you surely wouldnt toss them at people in exchange for drinks or a quick flash, but its a great option for being festive with a touch of class. And theres more of a chance youll re-wear those.
So grab your beads, sparkly top hat and masks, and hit up your favorite pub this Tuesday. Lets shop, OKC!
Photo by Shannon Cornman