Laissez le bon temps rouler! It's the Carnival season, and we can't congregate to celebrate. But we can decorate our homes.
In New Orleans, someone came up with the brilliant idea of adding design elements to make her house look like a parade float. Other neighbors joined in, and a movement has been born. The Krewe of House Floats page on FB lists resources (some are hiring unemployed artists to create their decorations) and ideas.
Another page, Krewe of House Floats - Expats, features installations around the world.
As this is my favorite holiday ... and since I have loads of appropriate items saved from my church's now-defunct MG party, I decided to jump right in.
A little background: I'm a brass band musician living in Michigan, and I love Mardi Gras. It's a season that starts January 6 and ends the day before Ash Wednesday. Great music, wonderful food, the entire time frame is about getting together with friends and having fun. No pressure to buy or exchange gifts. In New Orleans it's a family-friendly holiday, and you'll see folks dressed up like a group of, say, bumblebees, or fish. Satire abounds.
Some hints: the MG color scheme is purple, green, and gold. Several other holidays use at least one of those colorways, so look through your Halloween stuff for purple, and St Patrick's displays for the others. Any dollar store will have stuff that's one or another of these colors.
NOLA costumers love to recycle and repurpose everything. It can still look like a Katrina blue tarp, but it's now trimmed and worn as a cape.
Several home decorators obtained the large plastic balls used in children's ball pits, and painted them, then strung onto twine. You can use the inside of a political campaign sign, a flattened cardboard box, a shower curtain ...