It’s time for Mardi Gras, undoubtedly one of the finest festivities in the world. It lasts from Twelfth Night (the last night of Christmas) till Ash Wednesday. Mardi Gras is French for “Fat Tuesday”, referring to the tradition of consuming rich, fatty foods before the Lenten fast. It’s also a good time to get out the colourful beads and masks and have a good time! This holiday is observed in many regions of the world in various forms. So, on March 1, get out there and celebrate Mardi Gras with the rest of the globe!
MARDI GRAS TIMELINE:
3,000 B.C: Carnival’s Beginnings
Carnival (also known as Mardi Gras) may be traced back thousands of years to ancient spring and fertility rites.
March 3, 1699: Mardi Gras arrives to the United States
French explorers settle in what will become Louisiana. They commemorate by naming the location “Point du Mardi Gras”.
1762-1800: Spain has cancelled Mardi Gras
During the Spanish occupation of Louisiana, there were no festivals.
1827: The flamboyant outfits debut
Students imitated the exuberance they had witnessed in Paris by dancing around the streets of New Orleans.
2013: Super Gras
At the same day, New Orleans hosts Mardi Gras and the Super Bowl.
MARDI GRAS EVENTS
Visit New Orleans
New Orleans hosts one of the greatest and most well-known Mardi Gras events. Anyone will tell you that Nola does it correctly. Take in the dancing, the colour explosion, the cuisine, and the amazing music!
Participate in a Mardi Gras dancing troupe
Have you ever seen the amazing dancers in the Mardi Gras parades? Accomplish you want to learn how to do that? You certainly can! All around the country, new dance groups are forming. Amaze your pals with your amazing movements, and you could even find up in a local parade.
Throw your own Mardi Gras celebration
You know how to put on a good party. This time, though, you get to add riots of colour. The more outlandish and extravagant your party, the better. You just can’t go wrong with this. Tell everyone to wear their wackiest costume they’ve ever seen. They’ll be thrilled with the opportunity to let their imaginations run wild.
WHY DO WE ENJOY MARDI GRAS?
The Mardi Gras Dancers are fantastic
It’s one of the first things that comes to mind when thinking of Mardi Gras. The dancers are really elegant, and their outfits are stunning. They’re very flexible, and their rhythmic movements would send the majority of us to the chiropractor. They are what make this one of the best parties in the world.
It pushes us to be ridiculous
Mardi Gras is the time of year when we let our hair down. You can do anything ridiculous and everyone will applaud you on. Put on your most crazy outfit and get ready to boogie. Put on a tutu, a headpiece, or just a lampshade and dance on a table. Everything is fine. That’s the Mardi Gras spirit!
The people-watching is unrivalled
Even if you’re not one of those amazing parade dancers or marchers, it’s all about having fun. This is an excellent day for sharing laughs and artistic expression. People have saved their creative energies for this occasion, and it shows. Take in the reveller’s outfits and inventiveness. Take in the views that are only available once a year. Walk around the streets with tens of thousands of new acquaintances.