For today's podcast, Arthur Hardy, one of New Orleans' premier Mardi Gras experts, throws us a few interesting tidbits about Carnival 2014. Hardy notes that while New Orleans does not have any new women's krewes in 2014, the existing female Mardi Gras organizations have seen their memberships grow tremendously. Hardy also describes the secretive nature of many Carnival krewes, including some that never disclose the identities of their kings. For organizations that do share their monarchs' identities, photographs of the rulers appear in the Royalty Gallery in Arthur Hardy's Mardi Gras Guide. This annual publication, a Carnival staple that contains extensive information about Mardi Gras history, traditions, parade routes, throws and more, is now available in digital form. 

Listen to the podcast here.