You know him from television’s Mad Men, but actor Bryan Batt is also a design enthusiast and, together with his partner Tom Cianfichi, owns Hazelnut, a fine gifts and home furnishings store on New Orleans’ legendary Magazine Street. A New Orleans native, Mardi Gras holds a special place for Bryan. “There is something magical about the masked balls and parades—the pageantry, the design, the beauty, the humor, the music, the food, and especially the fun!” he says.
Bryan does his best to never miss the season, but you won’t find him hanging over a balcony. “The celebration is not really what you see on TV in the French Quarter, but along the miles of the parade route,” he says. “Underneath the majestic oaks of St. Charles Avenue, families and friends of all ages gather to experience the wonderful parades.”