Sometime back in 1974, the Mystic Krewe of Orphans and Misfits started a Mardi Gras party with classic American dance music whose only requirement to join was that you had to show up in full costume. Over the years, it has become the coolest party in town.
It’s mostly an underground party known to locals. Tourists can’t buy tickets online like they can for the other Mardi Gras Balls. Even if you do manage to have tickets, at the MOMs Ball door they have fashion police that will not let you in without a great costume. In some cases, they put people in Costume Jail. The way out of costume jail is to lose your pants or top, depending on your sex.
Having given away our entire costume collection1 , we rushed out to the local Goodwill stores and put something together. Fortunately, we had just come from Joel and Elise’s place and had lots of el-wire.