Mardi Gras is one of the most interesting events that you would want to participate in. Several years ago we were able to go to Mardi Gras in Mississippi with our friends.
Mardi Gras is Americans biggest party in New Orleans. Mardi Gras is music, parades, picnics, floats and excitement. The official colors of Mardi Gras are Purple, Green and Gold these colors were selected by Rex back in 1872. Each color has a different meaning Rex assigned a meaning to each color in his 1892 Parade. Purple represents Justice, green stands for faith, gold signifies power.
There is no general theme for Mardi Gras, but each individual parade depicts a specific subject. The themes depicted by the nearly 2,000 Mardi Gras parades staged in New Orleans since 1857 have ranged from the ridiculous to the sublime. Among the more popular subjects have been history, children’s stories, legends, geography, famous people, entertainment, mythology and literature.
The method of selecting Mardi Gras royalty varies from krewe to krewe. The King of Carnival is chosen by the inner circle of the School of Design, the sponsoring organization for the Rex parade. Some krewes hold random drawings to pick their king or queen. Most clubs charge the selected monarch a fee to reign. In several of the newer krewes, elaborate ceremonies called “coronation balls” have supplanted the tableau ball in importance and in grandeur.
Now that you know some of history of Mardi Gras. On Fat Tuesday all of the businesses and roads are practically shut down people are walking everywhere and meeting new friends. People are dressed in crazy costumes, kids are everywhere, and they love it!
Mardi Gras was an experience that I will never forget.