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MARDI GRAS MASK MAR­KET: Fe­bru­ary 24-27

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Im­pressed by the in­ven­tive cos­tumes along the pa­rade routes? Don’t just ad­mire from the side­lines; join in the fun with a dis­guise of your own. While mass-pro­duced syn­thetic masks are found at sou­venir shops city­wide, for true Car­ni­val afi­ciona­dos the most cov­eted are the in­tri­cate, hand-tooled works of art on dis­play at the an­nual French Mar­ket Mardi Gras Mask Mar­ket. Now in it’s 34th year, the bizarre bazaar spot­lights col­or­ful cre­ations by more than a dozen mask mak­ers from around the U.S. Sculpted leather satyr horns, fan­tas­ti­cal beasts, tow­er­ing feath­ered head­dresses—if it’s un­usual and unique you’re look­ing for, look no fur­ther. Dutch Al­ley, be­tween Du­maine and St. Phillip streets

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