Mardi Gras Minutia:
Les Dames de Perlage

It’s a fact of Carnival life—the ancient celebration continues to evolve as the latest generation gets into the act. Hitting the streets for the second time, this new all-female marching krewe will be appearing in four parades in 2014: the Krewes of Freret (February 22), Nyx (February 26), Tucks (March 1), and Thoth (March 2). The Big Fun Brass Band provides their musical accompaniment.

This year they pay homage to places long gone but not forgotten, to the theme of “Ain’t Dere No More.” Once-familiar scenes from all around New Orleans and outlying areas are depicted in perlage within the intricately hand-beaded bustiers and headdresses. See images below of perlage depicting the Dew Drop Inn and the Funky Butt.

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Led by Dames Julie Lodato O’Day and Christine Clouatre, the group seeks primarily to respect and help preserve the art of perlage—French for beadwork—used by royalty, captains of traditional Mardi Gras krewes, and, of course, Big Chiefs, Spy Boys, Wild Men, and other members of the Mardi Gras Indian tribes of New Orleans.

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“We’ve been working hard and in secret since early spring on our costumes, and are putting the finishing touches on them,” says Julie. “We learned a lot last year—some things by trial and error—and this year we’ve been fortunate to have several members of local tribes coaching us as we hone the craft.

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Look for the group on the streets!

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  • jloday

    Yay! Throw the baby out the window! @damesdeperlage

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