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Mardi Gras time is almost here again. New Orleans is the accepted city of the
home of Mardi Gras in the US. It is the one place that world travelers associate
with the event and everyone wants to go there and experience it at least once in
his or her lifetime. Mardi Gras can occur on any Tuesday from February 3 through
March 9. Mardi Gras Day is also known as fat Tuesday. Why? Because it is
supposed to be your last opportunity to enjoy all of the things that you will be
giving up for Lent. Ash Wednesday is the start of Lent. The timetable was
established by the Catholic Church.
The official colors of Mardi Gras are purple (justice),
green (faith), and gold (power). Maybe some of you may remember the K&B
Pharmacies. They were noted for their use of Mardi Gras colors.
Starting in about 1857 there have been over 2,000 parades
for Mardi Gras. Including many womderful Mardi
Gras Costumes Can you even begin to imagine all of the doubloons that have
been strewn over that period of time? Each float has a krewe with a captain at
its head. People pay to belong to a krewe and they pay for the doubloons and
other trinkets that they throw away. It can be costly to join a krewe. I never
really thought about where all that stuff came from or who paid for it until I
was asked to join a krewe. It nearly blew me away!
Costumes are a major part of Mardi Gras and not just for
the krewe members that ride on the floats. Many parties and balls supercede the
event. Mardi Gras Masks, The
masks can be totally awesome! College kids come for Mardi Gras and have a blast.
Le bon ton roulette (let the good times roll) is the motto of the day.
Super-krewes such as Bacchus, Endymion and Orpheus are
scheduled for the three nights before Fat Tuesday. Celebrities are invited to be
guests in the parade. The success of a parade is measured by the amount of trash
that it accumulates. Imagine that!