Kerry and her dog live here in this 800 square foot abode in New Orleans, along with many, many wigs she’s collected during Mardi Gras over the years.
It is a fun and whimsical apartment with many colors and themes co-existing together. Kerry’s personality shines through on every wall.
“Mardi Gras has been so important to me,” Kerry explains. “It’s a thing that’s grown with me and my friends.”
Kerry and her comrades have made an annual tradition of selecting a group costume theme for parading on Fat Tuesday.
They start creating their festive ensembles as soon as each new year begins.
Kerry is a wedding photographer with a background in journalism.
When she moved to New Orleans, she never thought about living in the French Quarter.
But one day she spotted a For Rent sign in the window of a duplex, and the rest is history.
Everyday someone walks by playing an instrument. Every week there’s a parade within earshot, Kerry says.”
Even though she lives in an area heavily-trafficked by tourists, Kerry still feels a sense of community in her neighborhood.
Her next door neighbor, Jim, has lived in the other half of her duplex for over 20 years.
And Catherine, who is in her 90s, has lived in the Creole Cottage across the street since the 1960s.
“We look out for each other,” Kerry says.