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Aileen Ribeiro

During the 1770s there emerged a new type of fashionable fellow: the Macaroni, whose style was frequently and easily lampooned by cartoonists and the media.

Aileen Ribeiro describes the masquerades and concerts that took place in eighteenth century Soho, as devised by the socialite, opera singer, and adventuress from Vienna. 

On his visit to England in 1768, the King of Denmark held an elaborate masked ball in London. By Aileen Ribeiro.

The Rex pageant, Mardi Gras Day, New Orleans, c. 1907

How an all-American celebration evolved from the pre-Lent carnivals of the Old World.