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Calendar of Events
2 – Groundhog Day
3 – Super Bowl
12 – Mardi Gras
14 – Valentines Day
Top 10 Mardi Gras Traditions
Mardi Gras in New Orleans isn’t just a reason for
locals and tourists alike to party in the streets. The carnival
season is surrounded by mystery, secrets and traditions that go
back hundreds of years. From the colors of the costumes, to the riders
on the floats to King Cake, everything that takes place during
Mardi Gras season happens for a reason.
10. Krewes and
A Krewe is the word
for an organization that creates the balls and parades during
Mardi Gras. Each Krewe has several members and a captain.
Krewes are practically a secret society in New Orleans.
Throughout the year, the Krewe builds floats and holds meetings
in secret. On the day of their parade, they ride as masked
riders. Every Krewe hold their own parade leading up to
Mardi Gras, as Zulu and Rex are the two large Krewes to ride on
Mardi Gras day. The Krewes date back to the 1800s when Rex
first started rolling through the streets of New Orleans.
There are now dozens of Krewes. Each Krewe has its own
style, such as The Muses - and all female Krewe or Bacchus - a
Krewe famous for its "superfloats" and celebrity riders.
The larger Krewes designate a royal party each year. The
royal party has a queen and a king who preside over the parade
in their own floats.
9. The Mardi Gras Colors - Purple, Green and Gold
green and gold seen everywhere during carnival season can be
attributed to Rex, the original daytime Mardi Gras krewe.
In 1872, members of Rex took inspiration from a visit by the
Russian Grand Duke Alexis Romanoff to New Orleans. The
result was the purple, green and gold, the official colors of
Rex and soon Mardi Gras itself. The colors themselves have
symbolic meaning. purple stands for justice, green for
faith and gold for power. Today, the Mardi Gras colors are
seen on everything from costumes, to beads and throws.
8. Beads and
The tradition of
throwing beads and small trinkets from the parade floats dates
back almost as long as the parade themselves. Originally,
the beaded necklaces were made from glass, but the Krewes
switched to plastic in the mid 1900s. Throws started in
the 1920s when Rex and a few other Krewes started throwing small
trinkets. Today, you can catch almost anything from a
masked rider - stuffed animals, plastic cups, small toys and
even bags to hold all your goodies.
Mardi Gras celebrations in New Orleans. Doubloons were
actually the first type of coins minted in America and go back
as far as the early 1700s. The doubloons we think of now -
the two sided coins thrown from the parade floats - started in
1960 with Rex. H Alvin Sharpe created the first doubloons.
These doubloons had the Krewe's name, emblem and founding date
on one side and the current year and theme of the parade on the
other side. Soon every Krewe was tossing their own
doubloons and now they're so popular that people are willing to
get theirs hands trampled just to get one.
6. The Golden
The coconuts thrown
by Zulu, also known as Golden Nuggets might be the most sought
after throw in any Mardi Gras parade. Today, the coconuts
are drained and hand painted either in gold or black and white,
but that wasn't always the case. In the early 1900's,
Zulu, threw coconuts in their natural state from the floats as a
cheap alternative to the more expensive glass beads. in
the 1920s, a local painter started painting the coconuts.
In 1988, the city of New Orleans banned Zulu riders from
throwing coconuts from the floats and demanded the throws be
handed to the crowds, making them even harder to catch and all
the more valuable to spectators.
5. King Cake
King Cakes appeared
on the scene after Rex adopted the purple, green and gold for
their Mardi Gras colors. Traditionally, a King Cake is an
oval shape coffee cake, braided and covered in icing and purple,
green and gold sugar. Modern King Cakes also come stuffed
with cream cheese, pecans or a variety of fruit flavors.
For many years, King Cakes came with a small plastic baby
inside. Whoever got the baby was tasked with buying the
next King Cake. Today, most bakeries place the baby on top
of the cake rather than risk their customers choking. King
Cake season starts with carnival season. Thousands of King
Cakes are ordered in bakeries all across Louisiana.
4. Masked Riders
The masked riders
passing by on floats gives the parades a mysterious, if not
slightly ominous air. Every Krewe member, except for
members of the royal party and celebrities, dons a mask for
their parades. This tradition isn't exactly a tradition.
it actually dates back to a law passed by the city of New
Orleans that stated any float rider was to wear a face mask
during a parade. Each Krewe has their own masking
tradition. Rex members wear long cloth masks in purple,
green and gold while Zulu riders choose to paint their faces.
3. Mardi Gras
Each Krewe hosts an
elaborate formal ball during the carnival season. it is at
these balls where the King and Queen of the Krewe are first
introduced. The balls date back to the 1800s. Even
then, the Mardi Gras balls were such important affairs that
Krewes had the invitations die cast in Paris and sent to New
Orleans. Today, some Krewes still hold private invitation
only balls, while others have started allowing anyone to
The Flambeaux date
back to the 1800s when New Orleans did not have electric street
lights to shine down on the night parades. Traditionally,
The Flambeaux were slaves or free people of color who walked in
front of the floats holding large torches. The Flambeaux
put on their own show in front of riders; dancing and doing
tricks with the torches. Today, a few Krewes still roll
out at night with Flambeaux leading the way.
1. Mardi Gras
Mardi Gras Indians
are the Mardi Gras most people don't see. Modern Day
Indians come from a time when African Americans felt left out of
the traditional Mardi Gras krewes and parades. Residents
from wards around New Orleans formed their own sort of Krewe and
named them after their streets or wards. The Indians
created elaborate costumes and names themselves after Native
Americans - as tribute to the Native American tribes' role in
feeing the slaves. They designated someone to be the Spy,
the Flag boy and the Big Chief and these tribes led processions
through the streets. In the past, Mardi Gras Indians were
violent but today most tribes simply act out a scene when
passing other tribes. Indians do not follow any schedule
or parade route and are a rare thing to see on Mardi Gras.
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