The beauty and pageantry of Mardi Gras Day in New Orleans is captured with these royal riders in a special carnival photograph from theRDBcollection. Leading the parade is the Captain in ornate costume and plumed hat and riding on a white horse. The krewe's royal lieutenants follow with a crowned float behind carrying the King of Carnival and his pages. It is a breath-taking sight. The Rex krewe who parades Mardi Gras Day was formed in 1872. "Rex" is Latin for "king".

I photographed this piece earlier this year on St. Charles Avenue as the parade was just beginning. In black and white it gives a nostalgic, yesteryear feel and reminds you of the carnivals of old. It is artwork that is unique and striking. What a wonderful addition to any carnival or New Orleans' art collection.