On March 2, 2019 at age 83, Anthony Colombo completed the biggest year of his career in the costume business. His company made more and bigger costumes for a broader audience than ever before.
He started small – really small – creating headpieces for his daughter’s kindergarten ball. His work was noticed, and soon enough, parades approached him to make costumes for them. He doesn’t market himself. He’s never advertised for more work. But Mr. Colombo has continued to grow the business. Now his 52-year-old family company designs and builds costumes for some of the largest krewes of Mardi Gras, and he has clients across south Louisiana and the Gulf Coast. The costumes are extravagant. Magnificent. And they are hand-crafted new every year.
After a half century of education by trial and error, Mr. Colombo approaches each design with the eye of an engineer. The distribution of weight, the balance, the structural integrity, the beauty all flow from a fluency gained over years of figuring out the details. Experience becomes excellence.
Excellence through experience. That’s what makes Anthony Colombo a Peoples Health Champion. Along with the New Orleans Saints, we are proud to honor him.
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