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Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras
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Mardi Gras Mardi Gras Indians Mardi Gras Indians are African-American Carnival revelers in New Orleans, Louisiana, who dress up for Mardi Gras in suits influenced by Native American ceremonial apparel. Their organizations are called "tribes".There are about 38 tribes. They range in size from a half dozen to several dozen members. The tribes are largely independent, but a pair of umbrella organizations loosely coordinate the Uptown Indians and the Downtown Indians. How it Started! History of the beads It inspired others to throw out different types of trinkets such as frisbees, plastic cups, and doubloons all marked with specific krewe name and logos. Originating as a Christian holiday and popular cultural phenomenon, Mardi Gras dates back thousands of years to pagan spring and fertility rites. Celebrations are concentrated for about two weeks before and through Fat Tuesday (Mardi Gras in French), the day before Ash Wednesday. Usually there is one major parade each day; many days have several large parades. The largest and most elaborate parades take place the last five days of the season. In the final week of Carnival, many events large and small occur throughout New Orleans and surrounding communities. Krewes A krewe is an organization that puts on a parade and or a ball for the Carnival season. The term is best known for its association with New Orleans Mardi Gras. Types of Krewes: Rex-it has been the global symbol of New Orleans’ most famous holiday since its first appearance in 1872. The all-male krewe is responsible for the concept of day parades, for the official Mardi Gras flag and colors- green, gold, purple, and for the anthem of Carnival, “If I Ever Cease to Love,” as well as for one of the most popular throws, the doubloon. King's Cake Serving a King's Cake during Mardi Gras celebrations is a tradition that honors the Magi who visited the Christ child on the 12th night or Epiphany(January 6)
The cake is shaped in a ring with a pecan, bean, or plastic baby placed inside the dough, before baking, to represent baby Jesus. It is usually decorated in purple, gold, and green icing.
Whoever finds the baby doll will host the next King's Cake celebration. Zulu- One of the holiday's most anticipated and remarkable parades is presented by Zulu, named after the fiersest of the African tribes. The most famous Krewe of Zulu king was Louis Armstrong, who ruled in 1949. Proteus-The carnival's second oldest parading organization was founded in 1882. Known in Greek mythology as the sheperd of the ocean, Proteus was a god who acted as Herdship of Poseidon's seals.Proteus has presented elaborate parades and tableau balls. Rio De Janeiro- Pancake Day Catholic countries and cities celebrate Mardi Gras. The holiday is known elsewhere in the Christian world as 'Shrove Tuesday" or 'Pancake Day'. It was originally a time for feasting and using up all the cooking fat, dairy products, and eggs ect... before the start of lent. But Rio has mutated the festival into the largest, most exotic and best known street carnival in the world Pancake day is a very important holiday in Countries such as the UK and ireland. Random The first American Mardi Gras was celebrated near modern-day New Orleans on March 3, 1699
Mardi Gras always falls on any Tuesday between Februauy 3 and March 9.
Like Ash Wednesday, the date Mardi Gras falls on depends on the date of Easter- always occuring 46 days before
The official colors are green, purple, and gold... green for faith, purple for justice, gold for power. The bead phenomena is relatively new considering that the first Mardi Gras parade in NOLA occured in the 1830s, it wasn't until the Rex parade threw inexpensive handmade glass necklaces sometime in the 1920s that the tradition was born. It inspired others to throw out different types of trinkets such as frisbees, plastic,cups,and doubloons all marked with specific Krewe names and logos
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