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NOLA Traditions: Mardi Gras Mask Market

Mardi Gras Mask Market (Glen Abbott photos)

Sure, you could get your Mardi Gras mask at a mass-market retailer. But if you're looking for something a bit more unique and original, why not try a mask-market retailer?

This weekend's Mardi Gras Mask Market is the 29th annual edition of the show, which runs through Lundi Gras. Artists from New Orleans and around the country exhibit hand-made, original items -- many one of a kind -- for those looking to stand out from the madding Mardi Gras crowd.

You know you want one

From feathers to leather, you're likely to find that one-of-a-kind mask you never knew you just had to have.

Check out this photo gallery for a few ideas (all photos by Glen Abbott):

The essentials:

Mardi Gras Mask Market at the French Market

1008 N. Peters St.

Friday 2/17 through Monday 2/20

11:00 am through 6:00 pm daily

Website and entertainment schedule: http://www.frenchmarket.org/events/

Get your mask on!

Glen Abbott is a New Orleans-based freelance travel writer/photographer. Visit his blog at www.TravelinGringo.com.