New Roads’ famed Mardi Gras celebration is the feature article this month in Louisiana Life magazine’s “2020 Mardi Gras Issue.”
Authored by historian and carnival advocate and participant Brian J. Costello, the illustrated piece is entitled “Carnival in New Roads: Louisiana’s second-oldest Mardi Gras maintains traditions and embraces novelties.”
The feature details the history, traditions and growth of Pointe Coupee Parish’s signature fete, which draws the largest Fat Tuesday attendance after New Orleans and Lafayette.
Costello - sole author of 19 and co-author of seven books on historical, genealogical, cultural and spiritual studies - refined the New Roads Mardi Gras feature from four decades’ research of sources. These included news accounts, parade programs, vintage film and photography, oral history interviews and nearly 30 years’ behind-the-scenes involvement in the city’s parades and carnival activities.
Founded in 1981, Louisiana Life’s inaugural issue highlighted “Louisiana’s Main Street,” a cultural and historical assessment of La. 1 with the LaBarre Store and U.S. Post Office.