The dates for this event have already occurred, please check back again for new dates. Hundreds of people in colorful, elaborate and very flamboyant costumes compete for top honors each year for what are now known as the Bourbon Street Awards on Mardi Gras Day. Participants and spectators alike come to the contest from all over the world and are rewarded with a flashy spectacle that often defies the imagination. First-, second- and third-place prizes are awarded in each category. Celebrity hostesses in drag, of course serve as emcees for the contest and awards ceremonies. To enter the awards, you sign up for your category early that morning at the registration table nearby and prepare to be entertaining.