It’s that time of year again where colored beads of green, yellow, and purple become big hits. You guessed it—it’s Madi Gras time! A time of reference to events of the carnival celebrations, beginning on or after the Christian feasts of the Epiphany and culminating on the day before Ash Wednesday. It is the celebration period before fasting season of Lent and is exactly 47 days before. This year, it takes place on February 13.
People celebrate Mardi Gras in a multitude of different ways. The most common way of celebrating is watching or even joining in a parade but be aware of the crowds! At these parades, many of the floats throw out souvenirs or “throws.” These can range from the notorious beads, cups, coins with logos on them—even painted walnuts! But, the most prized throw is the Mardi Gras coconut which are painted glittery orbs.
Another popular way to celebrate Mardi Gras is by throwing your own party. This can include making your own throws, costumes, masks, and preparing traditional Mardi Gras foods and drinks. Traditional Mardi Gras foods and drinks are Po Boys, red beans and rice, King Cake, Mardi Gras martinis and Sazerac cocktails. To decorate for this event, decorate your house with gold, purple, and green—don’t forget to set the mood with music to feel like a party atmosphere.
No matter how you choose to celebrate Mardi Gras the main thing is to have a good time and share some joy and happiness with your friends!
To find out more information on Mardi Gras, check out these sources:
All About Mardi Gras: Arts, Culture & Food in South Louisiana. (2014). New Orleans Magazine, 48(5), 93.
Ballah, J. D. (2014). Mardi Gras. Salem Press Encyclopedia.
CRAWFORD PEYTON, E. (2016). MARDI GRAS YOUR WHOLE LIFE. New Orleans Magazine, 50(6), 46.
Mardi Gras. (2017). Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia, 1p. 1.
"Video: Zulu Makes Mardi Gras History." Local Broadcast Video Content, 2012, CriticalMention, Inc. EBSCOhost.