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Mardi Gras Masks are Required by Law
Each year, the city of New Orleans transforms into the largest party town of the country. Complete with parades, festivals and musical entertainment, this is just one party you will not want to miss. Even if you cannot make it to New Orleans for Mardi Gras, there will undoubtedly be a Mardi Gras party in a town near you. Are you ready?
You can replicate the atmosphere by purchasing the decorations, table covers, balloons, mardi gras masks and beads at your local party store. Keep in mind the traditional Mardi Gras colors are purple, gold and green. However, any wild and crazy colored costumes will suffice. Go wild, use lots of Mardi Gras beads and hand them out to friends and strangers alike. Do not forget the finishing touches, however, and that is the music. You cannot play just any old music. Find some great Rhythm and Blues and Jazz to replicate Carnival in New Orleans.
Here are a few terms you should know to really get into the spirit of Mardi Gras:
Mardi Gras Colors: Purple represents Justice, Green signifies faith while Gold stands for power.
Throws: These are the beads and other trinkets that krewe members toss to the crowds that are lining the routes of the parade. Sometimes, krewe members will upwards of $500 worth of items out during the parade!
Krewe: This is the name given to a private organization or club that sponsors public parades, private costume balls or other events of Carnival.
Doubloons: These are souvenir coins that hold the that year’s parade theme on one side and the bears the krewe’s insignia on the other. Plastic doubloons are often among the throws, but there are also metal doubloons that are minted and collected.
Mardi Gras Masks: Not surprisingly, there is a New Orleans law that says all adult riders on Mardi Gras floats are required to wear masks! Another ordinance in New Orleans makes it so Mardi Gras is the only day where people can legally wear masks on the streets!
Mardi Gras: This term is French for “Fat Tuesday”. Fat Tuesday marks the end of Carnival, which is a period of celebration leading up to Ash Wednesday and the onset of Lent. Lent is a Christian season of voluntary self-deprivation that lasts until Easter.
You are now well equipped with all the terms you need to know about Mardi Gras. Go out and celebrate like you are in New Orleans.