Mardi Gras Costumes and Masks

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 CostumesCan 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!