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With its parties and parades, its colored beads and feathers, its glitter and glitz and gold, Mardi Gras isn't a celebration known for subtlety. If there were ever an occasion to go all out, it seems Mardi Gras — which has a rowdy history that dates back thousands of years — would be the one.
But, even those who won't be attending the famous festivities in Louisiana (where Fat Tuesday is a legal holiday) don't have to miss out on all the fun. For merrymakers looking to bring the hoopla home, we're sharing 12 items to get the wheels turning for a smaller-scale celebration miles from Bourbon Street.