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Flower Power: Take a Piece of Mardi Gras Home With You

Catch these cool Carnival collectibles.

Missed Mardi Gras? The parades might have passed, but you can still catch the Carnival spirit at Miette, where the seasonal celebration continues year-round.

The Carnival Collective, a group of local independent artists who help create Mardi Gras’ rolling masterpieces, lets you bring a bit of Fat Tuesday festivity back with you via float-scale flowers. Constructed from poster paper, wire, foam and papier-mâché, the one-of-a-kind pieces come to life on floats as they roll down St. Charles Avenue and bring new life to barren home walls.

Brightly colored and available in a wide range of styles (along with butterflies, bees and fireflies), sizes and price ranges, the handmade works can take up to a full day to create.

Hey, mister—throw us a bouquet!

Carnival Collective Mardi Gras float flowers from Miette in New Orleans.
Cabin fever? The Carnival Collective's colorful flowers will brighten any room. (©Randy Schmidt)