QotD: Carnival (1904)

“The Carnival is New Orleans’ most distinctive social feature, and no guidebook to the city would be complete without reference to this world-famed fete, so magnificent in its conception, so gorgeous in its pageantry, so thorough in the perfection of even the most minute detail of its marvelous scope, that competent historians and critics have declared that the famous spectacular triumphs of ancient Rome, with all their barbaric wealth and splendor, never surpassed in beauty the wonderful parades of New Orleans.”
from The Picayune’s Guide to New Orleans
Revised and Enlarged 6th ed.
1904
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