gives a glowing description of the revels of Mardi Gras in New Orleans.
The more public streets were filled with maskers, singly, in pairs and in groups.
Men dressed as women, and women as men, visited the most central and most frequented places, and the larger proportion in the most eccentric costumes.
Passing by one of the St. Charles
restaurants early in the evening, the Pic
's reporter saw a wild Indian sitting on horseback, and refreshing the animal and himself at the counter.
The excitement of the day culminated, as night set in, in the ball room.
Every hall in the city was the scene of a merry masquerade, and in both of the theatres and the new opera house high festival was held.