Period Costumes - Winter - Spring 2015

Mardi Gras:

Mardi Gras celebrations The festivities of Mardi Gras, also known as Fat Tuesday, begin in mid January and run until Shrove Tuesday (February 17, 2015), signifying a period of celebration prior to the somber season of Lent. It coincides with, and is celebrated in much the same manner as, the Brazilian Carnival (which officially starts on February 13th this year) and the Carnival of Venice (which starts about 2 weeks before Ash Wednesday.) But it's never too early to party - or play your costume! Carnival celebrations begin in February.

The tradition of Mardi Gras has it's roots in early Roman Catholic Europe. In the late 1600's, the festivities were carried across the Atlantic to the United States by French immigrants in the South, where the Mardi Gras revelry is still observed in grand style today.

In addition to wild parties, Mardi Gras is known for it's parades and masked balls, featuring fantastic attire resplendant in shades of purple, green and gold. When it comes to outrageous costumes, Mardi Gras is second only to Halloween! Anything goes - ball gowns of all types, king's robes, 17th century French-inspired baroque costumes, Renaissance jester costumes and Venetian masks are just a few of the varied and colorful types of attire marking these events.

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Passion play costumesProbably the most famous Easter passion play is the one held in the Bavarian village of Obergammergau, Germany. This play,which runs through the summer and has been put on every 10 years for the past 400 years, depicts the last 5 days in the life of Jesus Christ and attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors.

Putting on a passion play or pageant this Easter? See our biblical costumes for perfect attire and accessories for the entire cast

Upcoming events and holidays:

February 13 - Carnival begins
February 16 - Presidents Day
February 17 - Mardi Gras
March 5 - Purim
April 4 - Passover
April 5 - Easter
April 20 - Patriot's Day
May 16 - Armed Forces Day
May 25 -- Memorial Day

Storybook Costumes - Medieval and More

renaissance faerieWicked queens and Renaissance faeries, Alice in Wonderland, Cinderella and Snow White - the look of these familiar characters, is inspired by the attire of the 16th to 19th centuries, when most of these stories were written. We thought they were so special, we've given them a home of their own. Stop by for hundreds of  fairy tale costumes for adults and children, related accessories, fairy tale trivia and more!


Pet Costumes

Need a historic or Halloween costume for your dog? A Tri corner hat for your cat? Visit our sister site, for a great selection of awesome pet costumes!

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