Artwork by Petra Berendsen
The partying continued into medieval times and spread across all of Europe with many countries celebrating with a carnival-type event. At these carnivals, the social order was turned upside down with serfs as masters and masters as serfs for one day.
Artwork by Suzanne Brookfield
This time period is also when masks and masquerade was added to the Mardi Gras mix.
Artwork by Lucy Edmondson
time went on and explorers crossed the Atlantic, so did Mardi Gras which was brought to North America by the French.
Artwork by Linda Ledbetter
In the United States, Mardi Gras is most often connected to the vibrant and amazing city of New Orleans where a huge Mardi Gras festival still occurs every year.
Since 1872, the official colors of Mardi Gras have been purple to represent justice, green to represent faith and gold to symbolize power.
Artwork by March Muse Jingle
Now, when you catch those beads at your next Mardi Gras parade you'll know what you have seized on.
Artwork by Jules Eickmeier
So have your own party today and get into the Mardi Gras spirit!
Artwork by Annette Goatley
If you want to show off your Mardi Gras creations, just add them to our linky! We'd love to see them!