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Mickey Gil papers

Identifier: LaRC-1103

Scope and Contents

Mickey Gil was the long serving captain of gay Carnival krewe Petronius and the founder and captain of a second krewe, Satyricon. He moved to New Orleans in 1982, where he immediately became involved in the gay Carnival world. His collection consists of commissioned costume designs for Petronius and Satyricon Bal Masques. Some of these designs are more comprehensive than others, with the most complete records coming from his last years as captain of Satyricon, notably the years 2000, 2003, and 2005. Other sections of his papers include costume designs from Petronius from 1996 to 1998. Included in these are promotional materials for those events such as posters and pamphlets, as well as medals from Satyricon balls. Also in the collection are some of Gil’s own personal papers, a photo album from a Petronius Ball and several DVDs and a VHS tape documenting Satyricon Balls from 2002 to 2010.


  • 1987-2012


Conditions Governing Access

Access is unrestricted

Conditions Governing Use

Physical rights are retained by the Louisiana Research Collection. Copyright is retained in accordance with U.S. copyright laws

Biographical / Historical

Born in Israel in 1937, Mickey Gil lived in Vienna and in New York City before settling in New Orleans in 1982. He became involved in the gay Carnival Krewe of Petronius, and would assume the position of captain four years later. He remained captain until 2002. After leaving Petronius in 2003, Gil founded the Mystik Krewe of Satyricon and became its captain. Gil was known for his elaborate and interactive costumes, most notably his 1993 Petronius gown that shot live fireworks. In addition to his leadership role in the Krewe of Petronius and Satyricon, Gil also managed several restaurants and venues in New York City and New Orleans including MRB in the French Quarter.


3 Boxes

14 folders (14 oversized folders of costume designs. )


Sketches are arranged by chronologically by krewe, ball theme, and size.

Processing Information

Processed by Carlo Vescovi.
Mickey Gil papers
In Progress
Written by Carlo Vescovi. Edited by Andrew Mullins, III.
2017 May 1
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Repository Details

Part of the Tulane University Special Collections Repository

Jones Hall Room 202
6801 Freret Street
New Orleans 70118 US