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Mardi Gras is getting a makeover and the outfits are even more decadent with glitter accessories and, of course, fierce shoes. The increasing presence and influence of women has taken this southern celebration to the next level, a level full of glam and glitter.

While women have played a role in Mardi Gras since its inception, their road to inclusion has not always been an easy one. From historical moments to current history makers, check out the photos and articles below to understand women’s transition from behind-the-scenes to leading ladies on one the world’s biggest stages.

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Mardi Gras Sisterhood
“All-female krewes are redefining Carnival — with a woman’s touch.”

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NOLA History: Women in Carnival
“Women have been very active participants in Carnival since the beginning.”

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At Mardi Gras, Krewe of Muses Puts Its Best Foot Forward
“And of course, there are the shoes. Lots of shoes.”

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All-Female Flambeaux Troupe, the Glambeaux, to Debut in Krewe of Muses Mardi Gras Parade
“Why can’t there be a group of bad-ass women carrying these torches?”

Members of the Pussyfooters Marching Club parade along with the Krewe of Toath along St. Charles Avenue during the weekend before Mardi Gras in New Orleans

It is an exciting time for women in New Orleans, and seeing this evolution of female empowerment first-hand is an experience you will never forget. So book your ticket now for next year’s Mardi Gras, and  laissez les bon temps rouler! 

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