The word “Mardi Gras” probably invokes some kind of party image for you, whether it’s parades, floats, masks, or revelers in the streets. Believe it or not, Mardi Gras began as a tame party, with the first recorded celebration in Louisiana being in 1699. By 1730, masks and costumes had been institutionalized, along with dance and music. Mardi Gras does have religious reasons, being the celebration before Ash Wednesday, which is the first day of Lent, a period of fasting and prayer before Easter. In the Catholic tradition, you give up a luxury item as penance for your sins.
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MARDI GRAS TRADITIONS
- Mardi Gras colors. The official colors of Mardi Gras (and traditional) are purple, gold, and green. They were chosen in 1872 to honor the visiting Russian Grand Duke Alexis Romanoff whose colors of his house were the same. Purple represents justice, green represents faith, and gold stands for power.
- King Cake. Another long-standing tradition is the King Cake. Boasting the same colors as Mardi Gras with green, gold, and purple icing, the King Cake is usually oval and braided. A plastic baby was placed inside the cake and whoever got the baby was the king for the day. Nowadays, the baby is placed outside of store-bought cakes to avoid choking hazards.
- Mardi Gras beads. These are one of the most recognized symbols of Mardi Gras, coming the traditional colors as well. They were first thrown from the Krewe floats in the 1920s.
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