SECOND FESTIVAL, 1873

The King of the Carnival's rule having been established upon so firm a foundation, hardly had the echoes of the sunset salute of his fete day in 1872 died away before steps were taken to perfect the idea in the fullness of its original conception. The twin associations, consisting of the merchants and bankers intrusted with our city's welfare, were formed with a view of placing means at the disposal of the active members of the original organization, to these, splendidly designed patents of nobility were issued, emblazoned with the seals ot the State of Louisiana, city of New Orleans and the King of the Carnival. They were all prepared after accepted models in the j strict vernacular; were very beautiful and can now be found framed in the offices of our most prominent business houses.

A pamphlet history of the King's reign for the first year was also prepared for private circulation, and the Exposition Hall, containing the largest ball room in the United States, was leased for three years, at an annual rental of $2000 for Mardi Gras night.

Early in the summer an agent was dispatched to Paris for the purpose of preparing all the necessary court regalia (which were of the finest materials), banners, properties and costumes. Up to January 13, 1873, nothing further was heard by the public of the movements of his Majesty, save an occasional intimation that he was traveling in Assyria for his health.

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By nine o'clock in the morning the streets leading to Canal began to fill with people, on foot and in vehicles, moving to the common centre. There the crowded cars from up town, and down town and back of town began biinging in the sight-seers. The hotels and boarding huge delegations. The many steam had come to the levee in the last two forth long files of excursionists from who had hied South for the far-famed Mardi Gras. The suburbs — Gretna, Algiers, Carrollton, Greenville, Milneburg — were largely represented too, and by eleven o'clock there was such a heterogenous multitude on Canal street, on the side walks, in the centre of the street, in the doors and windows, up to third and fourth stories, in the galieries and balconies, on top of the awnings, even on the house tops, as has probably not been gathered there since the memorable day when Zachary Taylor was received by the people on his return from the Mexican war.

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