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Where to Look for Costumes Mardi Gras 2017

With Mardi Gras 2017 less than a week away, there is not much time to get your ensemble together. So, while you’re waiting for that glue gun to heat up, NoDef offers our annual list of destinations for decoration whether you want your costume pret-a-porter or if you're more of the DIY variety. 


Jefferson Variety 

The Mecca. Jefferson Variety is so legendary in the craft, carnival, and costume world that there is even a film about the spot

239 Iris Avenue, Jefferson, LA 70121

(504) 834-5222


FiFi Mahoney's 

FiFi's is an institution for locals. Wigs, makeup, jewelry, accessories

934 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70116 

(504) 525-4343


Southern Costume Company 

For those with bigger budgets and little motivation to make their own costume. SCC sells, rents, and even custom designs serious suits for the masquerade

951 Lafayette St., New Orleans, LA 70113

(504) 523-4333


Conrad's Shop 

Second hand store with lots of quirky Marigny flavor

2436 St Clade Ave., New Orleans, LA 70117
(504) 948-4363



An Eastern opportunity for fabrics

1301 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70116

(504) 524-7370


Le Garage Antiques and Clothing 

A Quarter icon. You never know what you will find in this Decatur Street thrift shop, but military surplus, float-rider suits, and vintage clothing normally abound

234 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70116 

(504) 522-6639 


Miss Claudia’s Vintage Clothing & Costume Shop 

A mix of Victorian and funky. Feathers, petticoats, tights, and more

4204 Magazine, St,, New Orleans, LA 70115

Daily, 11a.m.-6p.m.


Bloomin’ Deals 

The Junior League's uptown thrift shop. If you're dressing as the Donald for Mardi Gras, this is spot is yuuuge

4645 Freret Street, New Orleans, LA 70115

(504) 891-1289


Fun Rock'n 

The name says it all. Something for everyone including gag gifts, masks, and props

1125 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70116

(504) 524-1122

3109 Magazine St.

(504) 895-4102


Road Kill 

Steam-punk clothing, goth clothing, shoes, accessories, and fabulous jewelry

903 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70116

(504) 529-3633


Funky Monkey

Lots of vintage and lots of funky

3127 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70115

(504) 899-5587


Prima Donna's Closet

Vintage consignment

927 Royal St, New Orleans, LA, 70116

(504) 875-4437


New Orleans Party & Costume 

A major Mardi Gras destination. Although their specialty is dressing royal courts, they have some offerings for the commoners

705 Camp Street, New Orleans LA 70130

(504) 525-4744


Le Boutique du Vampyre 

If your idea of Carnival is Lestat at a masked ball, you'll find your fixings here

709 1/2 St. Ann St, New Orleans, LA 70116



QT Pie  

The store's location near Bourbon's gentlemen's clubs is no accident.. Lots of outfits for those who do not want to wear lots of clothes

241 Dauphine St, New Orleans, LA 70116

(504) 581-6633


Uptown Costume & Dancewear 

For pros only. Uptown store specializing in gear for those in the biz

4326 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70115

(504) 895-7969


Vieux Carre Hair Shop 

Wigs and makeup

8224 Maple Street, New Orleans, LA 70118

(504) 862-6936


French Market 

In a bind? Hit the flea market for some fast accessories

1235 N Peters St, New Orleans, LA 70116

(504) 596-3420

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