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


GREGG COUNTY, Texas (KLTV) – The Gregg County Historical Museum presents the Magic of Mardi Gras exhibit for the first time ever. It will be open from July 12 to September 17.

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

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

You will really get a sense of Louisiana culture upon entering the exhibit. There’s a lot to learn, like how different cities celebrate the big holiday and why the celebration uses gold, green, and purple as representative colors.

You’ll even see handcrafted floats and elaborate capes worn in parades past.

Loy said, “I think people are going to be really interested in all the intricate hand detailing on the capes, all the sequins and sewn pieces and how much time they really put into it.”

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

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

No matter the season, the Mardi Gras show will not disappoint. Loy is sure the East Texas community will take something away from visiting this fun exhibit.

The museum is open Tuesday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Adults are $5, seniors $2 and students $1.

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Patrick F. Williams