This year, Mardi Gras is today, February 21st. It is the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday, when Lent begins. Lent is a Christian observance of a 40-day period, ending on Easter, when some people deny themselves of a vice and reflect in prayer. The weekend before Mardi Gras, party seekers and vacationers flock to the New Orleans to celebrate and enjoy parades, food and drinks. Many see this festival and holiday as an occasion to indulge in whatever they are giving up for Lent.
Here are some fun facts regarding Mardi Gras:
- The colors of Mardi Gras are purple, green and gold. Purple represents justice, green represents faith and gold represents power.
- At night during Mardi Gras, many visitors and parade watchers dress up in elaborate costumes to enjoy the fun.
- Mardi Gras generates over $1 billion dollars annually in sales and purchases.
- By law, float riders, or people that are on the floats in the parade, must have a mask on at all times during the procession.
- Float riders often throw beads, cups, stuffed animals and other goodies that you can take home.
- Children are welcome! Contrary to popular belief, children can come and enjoy the festivities that Mardi Gras has to offer. There are parades and activities that are outside of the French Quarter, which is the area most known for adult-only festivities.
- The first Mardi Gras celebration can be dated back to the 1700s.
- Mardi Gras parades can be seen every weekend in February, this year starting February 4th.
Whether you have visited New Orleans for Mardi Gras or not, these fun facts will let you appreciate the festivities even more. Planning a vacation for next year can be an interesting and fun getaway for you and some friends.
Information by: MardiGrasNewOrleans