Louisiana is "The Pelican State" and is home to some 40,000 brown pelicans (which are unusual in that they plunge from the air into the water to fish). If you're wondering why I piped this "brown" bird with gray icing, it's because they've looked gray in every photo I've found online. In addition to gray stiff consistency royal icing, you'll also need white, brown, and light blue (for their unusual eyes), round tips #12, #10, and #2, oval tip #55, a flower nail, parchment paper squares, a glue stick, a Styrofoam brick to rest the nail in, black food coloring (like Super Black Soft Gel Paste by AmeriColor), round toothpicks, and a dusting pouch filled with a 50/50 mix of powdered sugar and cornstarch. Start by sticking a parchment square to the flower nail with a dab from the glue stick.
Mardi Gras masks are a good choice, too.