The tradition of throwing beads from parade floats to party-goers started in the 19th century, and is more popular in American and South American Mardi Gras locations than it is in Australia or Europe. In New Orleans, some businesses and people spend upwards of $2,000 on plastic beads to hand out during the parade. Over the years, the beads have morphed from small plastic to elaborate larger ones and recently LED flashing light embedded beads! Whatever your preference, be sure to stock up!
If you don't have a few feather boa's in your fancy dress wardrobe, you best start collecting! They come in a rainbow of colours and will add a bit of pizazz to any outfit. Costume Box has the biggest array online, and have great shipping options.
DRESS UP YOUR EYES!
It's the little details that matter! Be sure to glam up by extending your eyelashes with these beautiful extensions. An easy and inexpensive way to make you look showgirl professional. There are all kinds of patterns and colours available to tie into your outfit, check out more options as well as coloured contact lenses here.
WIGS, WIGS, WIGS
The folks at Costume Box have over 200 wig styles in stock, but these are the loudest, biggest, and most festive of the bunch. Stand out with a foam bouffant hair-do, or add some colour to your night! It might not seem like an obvious necessity, but be sure to grab a wig cap, it will help keep your wig from sliding around and makes a massive difference in comfort.
FAIRY WINGS AND WANDS
Need a quick costume idea? Just add wings and a wand to pretty much anything and voila! There are all kinds of attachable wings available, in an array of colours:
BOOTS AND SHOES
Whether you need a pair of go-go boots or heels, or something really authentic like a pair of disco shoes with a goldfish in the heel, this slide show has you covered:
MASKS & HEADRESSES:
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