Mardi Gras is about music, parades, picnics, floats and excitement. It’s one big holiday in New Orleans!
Everyone is wearing purple, green, and gold, and adorned with long beads caught from the beautiful floats. You’ll see a lot of crazy costumes, kids everywhere, and both locals and visitors having a great time. People sit on the ground, throw balls, play music, eat great food and watch the crowds walk by between parades. During Mardi Gras, all of the businesses and roads are practically shut down. People walk everywhere and meet new friends.
What is Mardi Gras?
Mardi Gras happens early in the calendar year, just before the beginning of Lent. Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday, is the last hurrah before the Catholic season of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday. It also has links to the Christmas season through the period known as Carnival.
Mardi Gras Colors
The traditional colors of the New Orleans Mardi Gras are purple, green and gold.
Gold represents Power
Green represents Faith
Mardi Gras Costumes and Masks
Hundreds of designs featuring feathers, ribbon streams, and beads abound. They can be as simple or as ornate as you desire.
Mardi Gras Beads
They include inexpensively made (often plastic oriented) doubloons, beads, cups, homemade trinkets, toys and more!
How did this tradition start and what is the meaning behind it? The bead phenomena is a relatively new one considering that while the first Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans occurred in the 1830s, it wasn’t until the Rex parade threw inexpensive handmade glass necklaces sometime in the 1920s that the tradition was born.
So join the celebration and shout “Throw me something, Mister!”
Mardi Gras Party Favors
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Mardi Gras Parades
Gather the family and catch beads by the handful! The parade is one of the highlights of this holiday with incredible floats, colorful costumes, towering stilt walkers, street performers and dancers. It’s fun and excitement for all ages.
Mardi Gras Balls
While most people think of parades when they think of Mardi Gras, there are plenty of other traditions too. The King and Queen of each krewe work all year long for the big, spectacular ball. Their identity is a closely guarded secret and part of the mystique until the night of the Ball.
Most of the balls are a formal and private affair for the krewe. Debutantes are introduced at the Ball Tableau as a formal introduction to society. The climbing of the social ladder starts for the children serving as pages to the court. Women dress in ball gowns and hope to be issued a “call-out” card. If a debutante is fortunate enough to receive one, she is seated in a select area and waits her turn to be “called out” for a dance by the krewe member who sent the card.
Source: courtesy of www.mardigrasneworleans.com
French Quarter Food!
New Orleans Recipes for Mardi Gras! So many delicious food and so colorful! Plan your Mardi Gras party classics like Mardi Gras King Cake, New Orleans Gumbo, Red Beans and Rice, and more! Here are a few of our favorites.