Costume inspiration: Bank-robbing bandits and their lady loot

Anne Culer Mardi Gras in New Orleans

It's been a whirlwind, but Mardi Gras 2018 is in the books.  It's always a special time of year in New Orleans, but was especially poignant this year, being our last Mardi Gras as locals.

Mardi Gras day came early this year, which meant less time for crafting.  So, we wanted to come up with an easy theme.  My "neighbor/costume spirit animal" Whitney had the idea to do bank robbers, which I loved.

The guys wore simple black and white striped shirts with beanies, black pants and zorro-style eye masks.  Some of them carried money bags we bought on Amazon and others held up signs I made with canvases, Sharpies and wooden craft sticks.

To add a little twist, we decided the gals would be the loot!  We put a bit more effort into our get-ups, but the costumes were really just a bunch of green and gold, cobbled together with fake money from a party supply store.

The theme was perfect for a large group and we got compliments everywhere we went.  At one point, a walking parade came barreling down Royal Street behind me, trumpets blaring.  Joe captured the most perfect photo of the madness.

It's a day and a memory that I'll treasure forever!

We weren't the only ones with elaborate get-ups.  Here's a look at some of the other fabulous costumes we found!