Join us in Ives Squared to decorate your own mask, just in time for Fat Tuesday! All ages are welcome!
The first Mardi Gras parade was held in New Orleans on Feb. 24, 1857, by the Krewe of Comus. They began the tradition of presenting a parade with floats and following it with a ball for the krewe and their guests.
In the beginning, masks worn during Mardi Gras allowed wearers to escape society and class constraints. When wearing a mask, carnival goers were free to be whomever they wanted to be and mingle with whatever class they desired to mingle with.
Today, everyone wears masks during Mardi Gras. In fact, float riders are required to wear masks by law. On Fat Tuesday, everyone is free to wear masks, adding to the excitement and magic of celebrations throughout the city.
AGE GROUP: | Teens (13-17) | Family and Children (6-12) | Adults (18+) |
EVENT TYPE: | Literature, Arts, and Culture | Ives Squared | Civic and Community Engagement |
TAGS: | Mask | Mardi Gras | Makers | Homemade | Holiday | engagement | DIY | Creatives | Community | Arts and Crafts | Art |
|Mon, Mar 27||10:00AM to 8:00PM|
|Tue, Mar 28||10:00AM to 8:00PM|
|Wed, Mar 29||10:00AM to 8:00PM|
|Thu, Mar 30||10:00AM to 8:00PM|
|Fri, Mar 31||10:00AM to 5:00PM|
|Sat, Apr 01||10:00AM to 5:00PM|
|Sun, Apr 02||Closed|
The Ives Main Library, designed by renowned architect, Cass Gilbert in 1911, is a cornerstone of the historic New Haven Green. The facility is a community treasure and features unique design details, including several WPA-era murals. Ives is open 54 hours a week, Monday-Saturday, and houses major public service departments for children and teens as well as adult reference, a computer tech center and Ives Squared, a newly renovated space for innovation and entrepreneurship.