The Handbook of the Carnival, New Orleans 1874.

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Female Eye costume design, Krewe of Comus, New Orleans Mardi Gras, 1869 – Wikimedia Commons.
Fascinating little book offering a brilliantly detailed insight into the 19th century New Orleans Mardi-Gras tradition, including a history of the Mistick Krewe of Comus, The Twelfth Night Revellers, and The Knights of Momus.
1916ComusArtFloatNew Orleans Mardi Gras, 1916. Depiction of Comus parade float with art theme.
From Wikipedia: In Greek mythology, Comus or Komos (Ancient Greek: Κῶμος) is the god of festivity, revels and nocturnal dalliances. He is a son and a cup-bearer of the god Bacchus.
Comus represents anarchy and chaos. His mythology occurs in the later times of antiquity. During his festivals in Ancient Greece, men and women exchanged clothes.
He was depicted as a young man on the point of unconsciousness from drink. He had a wreath of flowers on his head and carried a torch that was in the process of being dropped.
Read and see more via Hand Book of the Carnival, Containing Mardi-Gras, its Ancient and Modern Observance (1874) | The Public Domain Review.

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