Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Mardi Gras: Party All the Time

The party associated with Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, has been probably raging since the Roman Empire was around. With the adoption of the Christian religion, the Romans adapted their long standing mid-February festival of Lupercala to celebrate the last day of feasting before the long 40 days of Lent.

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.


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.


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!

2 comments:

  1. OOOH, some yummy creations,makes you want to have a party.

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  2. Happy Fat Tuesday! I loved reading your story, and seeing the art too. I never knew all those Mardi Gras facts. Very interesting! Connie :)

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Thanks for your wonderful words!

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