During Mardi Gras, it is common to see women with numerous pins clustered on lapels or adorning necklaces. These are typically “favors” and ducals from Mardi Gras krewes or royalty. Often spotted at Carnival luncheons, the various styles spark conversations that hint at the otherwise anonymity of Mardi Gras monarchs.
Pins have evolved since their first use in the mid-19th century, gaining popularity over the past decades. Krewes work with jewelry designers to reflect a parade or ball theme, or even a king’s interests. The pins are treasured mementos, some of which are found in museums or private collections.
– Ruthie Frierson