People who attend the Mardi Gras celebrations wear whatever they want, but most wear costumes of gold, green and purple with wigs and masks to match. Gold represents power, green represents faith and purple represents justice.
Some people who attend Mardi Gras go all out on their costume. They wear full-body costumes that are large and bulky and may become cumbersome as they get in the spirit of the event. Other people may choose to be more comfortable during the celebration and wear a brightly-colored wig with their face painted or a mask.
People who choose to dress more elaborately should keep in mind that it is not uncommon for feet to get stepped on in the excitement so comfortable, close-toed shoes are a must. Some even prefer to bring a change of clothes to get more comfortable as the parties go on. Children dressing for Mardi Gras should be in costumes that are relaxed and allow for adjustments and quick removal. Bring alternative options for a child in case of discomfort.
Wearing beads to the celebration is unnecessary. There will be plenty of parade participants throwing beads to onlookers, so spending money on beads before the parades and parties start is pointless.