Mardi Gras Traditions Explained

Mardi Gras Traditions Explained

Mardi Gras traditions do not need to be explained, but the celebrations may need to be further understood. African and European customs intermingled with Americana in the creation of Mardi Gras. The festival marked with costumes, alcohol, floats, and beads first began with simple New Orleans campfire celebrations in 1699. By the 1730’s, people in […]

Mardi Gras Floats Through History

Mardi Gras Floats Through History

Mardi Gras’ origin can be traced back to medieval Europe, but the French-Canadian explorer, Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville, landed 60 miles south of New Orleans. He named the territory Point du Mardi Gras, which he claimed when he and his men realized that it was the eve of the festive holiday. Mobile is Mardi Gras’ […]

Mardi Gras a Religious Celebration…Really? [Video]

Mardi Gras a Religious Celebration…Really? [Video]

Mardi Gras, also known as “Fat Tuesday,” has its roots in the Christian calendar as the last hooray before Lent begins. This day has become more popular in recent years as a hedonistic and raucous event, but it began as the last celebration before Ash Wednesday. This is the reason the grand celebration in New […]