On Thursday, February 11, 1904 the parade of the Knights of Momus made its way through the streets of New Orleans for the twenty-eighth time. In the words of the next morning's Times Democrat,
HAPPY MARDI GRAS!!!
"The parade was one that particularly appealed to the public fancy, and the ideas, the popular vanities, were most beautifully illustrated in fifteen moving tableaux--seventeen floats in all, including the float of Momus and the little car. All along the route the thousands of spectators who crowded the streets and the sidewalks cheered the floats as the beauties depicted upon them were revealed."
We can get some idea of what the parade was like by viewing the color lithographs of its floats as published in the Walle & Co., Ltd. Carnival Bulletin for Momus, 1904. Here we present digital versions of those seventeen renderings, scanned from NOPL's copy of the Walle Bulletin, one of several dozen in the Library's carnival collection. The images are accompanied by the Times-Democrat's description of each float in the procession. At the end is a bit of lagniappe!
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