‘Magic of Mardi Gras’ exhibit at Gregg County Historical Museum displays history of the holiday

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Published: Jul. 7, 2022 at 3:02 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 7, 2022 at 7:04 PM CDT
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GREGG COUNTY, Texas (KLTV) - The Gregg County Historical Museum is displaying the Magic of Mardi Gras Exhibit for the first time ever. It will be open from July 12 until September 17.

It was important that the museum bring the culture to East Texas because Executive Director of Gregg County Historical Museum Lindsay Loy noticed something was missing in the area.

“I am from Louisiana, so I celebrate Mardi Gras. And I realized when I came to Texas that Jefferson celebrates and Galveston celebrates, but Longview really doesn’t. So I thought I would introduce the people of Longview and Gregg County to Mardi Gras.” said Loy.

You will truly get a feel for the Louisiana culture when stepping into the exhibit. There are many things to learn, like how different cities celebrate the big holiday, and why the celebration uses gold, green and purple as representative colors.

You will even see handcrafted float pieces and the sophisticated capes worn in past parades.

Loy said, “I think people are going to be really interested in all the intricate hand-detail on the capes, all the glitter and sewn on pieces and the time they really put into them.”

The museum is borrowing these new and historical pieces from the Galveston County Museum and Mardi Gras World in New Orleans, Louisiana.

“These museums and these places we borrowed it from always use them for February and March. So we thought, let’s ask them during the summer. They probably won’t be using them and a lot of stuff will be in storage. And we can bring it in for the summer and we can just do Mardi Gras in July” said Loy.

No matter the season, the Mardi Gras display will not disappoint. Loy is certain that the East Texas community will take something away after visiting this fun exhibit.

The museum is open from Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Adults are $5, senior citizens are $2, and students are $1.

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