Mark your calendars for Tuesday March 5, 2019
Just 9 days 19 hours 58 minutes 10 seconds until Mardi Gras 2019!
There is no better party than a Mardi Gras Masquerade party! Party Idea Pros will walk you through every step of your celebration providing professional recommendations on just about every detail including including invitations, Decor, Party Favors, Gifts, Masks, Beads, Fun and Game ideas, and lots and lots of little extras.
History of Mardi Gras
Just the name Mardi Gras conjures up images of drunken, bead-wearing revelers dancing through the streets of New Orleans. But how, and when, did this huge mid-winter party get started? Here’s a look at the history of Mardi Gras throughout the ages and across the nations.
- The first Mardi Gras parade was staged in the United States 1837
- Mardi Gras means “Fat Tuesday” and of course is celebrated on that day of the week, the day before Ash Wednesday. The date can fall between February 3 and March 9 depending on the Lunar calendar, used by the Catholic Church to determine the date of Easter. Mardi Gras is always 47 days before Easter Sunday.
- The official colors for Mardi Gras are purple, green, and gold.
- Purple represents justice
- Green stands for faith
- Gold stands for power
- What is the King Cake?
- An oval cake honoring the three kings is decorated in purple, green and gold colors, representing justice, faith and power, respectively. A small plastic baby, symbolizing the Baby Jesus, is baked into each cake. Whoever gets the piece with the baby not only will have good luck that year, but will also be responsible for bringing the King Cake to next year’s party!
One last thought, remember you can use a Mardi Gras theme for just about any celebration. Think baby showers, birthday bashes, and bachelor and bachelorette parties. We even hosted a Mardi Gras theme party for our rehearsal dinner, many moons ago. Friends and family still fondly remember our jazz trio and the the jambalaya we served for dinner.
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