My daughter Berrian lives in New Orleans and jumped into Mardi Gras in a big way this year, becoming an unofficial "Rookie of the Year" in two different krewes. Yesterday, the actual Fat Tuesday, the Krewe of Shrink Ray rolled as an independent unit, an amazing creation designed to bring select people into the interior of a huge "ray gun", photograph them from all directions with multiple cameras, and then 3D print an action figure. Keep an eye on their site for future updates. Here's what the inside of the float looked like in progress.
This ambitious float, despite its high-tech, mechanical wizzardry, was designed to be powered along the street by people in costume pushing and steering -- and it was 40 degrees and raining!
The theme was space and the characters who live in it, and Berrian's costume included a hood with led lights and face painting of deep space. It's very cool:
Yes, that's actually face paint, not a mask! She's really good at makeup and face painting -- here's a photo of her creating makeup for Halloween recently, where she appeared as a Roy Lichtenstein painting.