If I had a dollar for every time someone asked me, “What should I wear to Mardi Gras?” I would have enough money to ship myself king cakes from New Orleans every day for a year. Okay, that may be an exaggeration, and would definitely cause some major health concerns, but I’ve been asked this question a lot. So, Houstonians, take it from this Louisianan: Whether you’re crossing the border to party in my home state, driving south to Galveston, or just generally living by the motto “laissez les bon temps rouler,” here’s the Mardi Gras gear that gets my Cajun stamp of approval.

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