Arthur Hardy


Arthur Hardy is a nationally recognized authority on Mardi Gras and has appeared on the Today Show six times. His annual Mardi Gras Guide magazine has sold more than three million copies (1977-2022). A large portion of his Mardi Gras memorabilia collection was donated to his college alma mater, Loyola University, in 2015. Donations of artifacts were also made to the Amistad Research Center, Tulane University, the Louisiana State Museum, and the State Library of Louisiana.




1:00 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.
State Capitol, House Committee Room 1
Book Talk
Rex: 150 Years of the School of Design by Stephen W. Hales

2:00 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.
Cavalier House Bookselling Tent
Book Signing

Rex: 150 Years of the School of Design (publisher)

Published to celebrate the Rex Organization’s 150th Anniversary, Rex: 150 Years of the School of Design provides a decade-by-decade account of a century and a half of colorful Rex history. This limited-edition volume was written by Rex Historian and Archivist Stephen Hales with a preface by noted New Orleans journalist and author Walter Isaacson.

- 256 pages—the largest and most comprehensive New Orleans Carnival krewe history ever published
- Oversized coffee table commemorative volume
- More than 800 illustrations (many published for the first time)
- Portraits of every King of Carnival and all but one Queen of Carnival
- An extensive compendium documenting every King, Queen, Maid, Duke, Page, parade date, theme, ball venue and nearly 4,000 float titles


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