The New Orleans Carnival season kicks off with what is traditionally known as Twelfth Night, the feast of Epiphany. It starts January 6 and the festivities continue straight through Fat Tuesday. Twelfth Night marks the beginning merriment of parades, pageantry, king cake and a mayhem of Mardi Gras celebrations.
It was celebrated by Creole society from the early days of colonial Louisiana with Bals de Roi (the King’s Ball) given at plantations and homes for family and friends; Revelers dress for every occasion; from elaborate costumes, to the traditional festive colors of green, purple and yellow, to grandiose ball gowns. This long standing tradition continues to be a huge part of New Orleans winter social season, debutante balls, and an opportunity to pull out all the stops when it comes to dressing for carnival season.
View the slideshow of the top twelve gowns that will take you from Twelfth Night through Fat Tuesday.
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