Mardi Gras Costume Ideas
Whu-hooo. It’s Mardi Gras time!
One of the most festive holidays on the planet…Mardi Gras, Shrove Tuesday, Carnival, Fat Tuesday. It all means the same thing: Eat up because Lent is coming!
Although Mardi Gras is celebrated all over the States, even all over the world (Brasil, Spain, Canada and Mexico to name a few) , the city most associated with it is New Orleans, LA. And the biggest celebration of all are the extraordinary costumes worn on this day. Beautiful masks, purple, green and gold beads and jester costumes abound.
Usually there is one major parade each day, but many times there are several large parades each day. The largest and most elaborate parades take place the last five days of Mardi Gras season. The largest and most famous is the Rex Parade (Rex is Latin for “King”). These parades are organized by “krewes” (crews) and are great fun, with colorful floats ridden by equally colorful characters — kings, queens, jesters, all wearing masks and many strands of beads. These colorful, plastic beads are thrown out into the crowds, along with candy, wooden coins and small toys. These trinkets are intended for the children along the parade route, but if you go to a parade in the French Quarter, you’ll more likely see them thrown up to the ladies in the balconies.
None of the major parades are held in the French Quarter anymore, though, due to the narrow streets and many overhanging obstructions. Now the major parades are usually on the more float-friendly Canal Street.
Although Hurricane Katrina in 2005 caused a devastating blow to the city, the krewes (the organization that puts on the parade) and citizens alike insisted on having a Mardi Gras season that year, albeit a much scaled back version.
The traditional colors of Mardi Gras are purple, gold and green and many of the Mardi Gras costumes are designed around those colors. Costumes and masks are rarely widely worn by non-Krewe members on the days before Fat Tuesday (except at parties), but are frequently worn on Mardi Gras Day.
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Mardi Gras Accessories
|Mardi Gras Colors Fedora
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