Mardi Gras fun facts:

  • Mardi Gras means Fat Tuesday, a day of feasting before the start of Lent on Ash Wednesday.
  • Mardi Gras celebrations can stretch out for more than a month, either starting on Twelfth Night or being confined to the 3 days before  Mardi Gras day itself.
  • The first known Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans took place in 1837, though prior to that it was celebrated in Mobile, Alabama in 1703.
  • Floats became part of the New Orleans celebration in 1837.
  • The meaning of Mardi Gras official colors: Purple is for justice, gold  is for power and green is for faith.
  • Mardi Gras became a legal holiday in Louisiana in 1875.
  • The oldest Krewes is Comus which was founded in 1857.
  • Mardi Gras balls are another important part of the celebrations, but some of those are by invitation only.
  • The Mardi Gras King Cake is baked with a baby figurine inside.
  • Throwing beaded necklaces at parades started in the early 1900’s.

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