Mardi Gras Fun Facts

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Whether you plan to celebrate Mardi Gras in New Orleans, Rio de Jainero, or just at home with some pancakes; you may not know as much as you think you do about Mardi Gras and Fat Tuesday. Test your Mardi Gras knowledge with these Mardi Gras Fun Facts, courtesy of Shades Shutters Blinds! And don’t forget to check out our Mardi Gras Sale, happening now until Fat Tuesday, March 4th at 11:59 pm MST.

Mardi Gras Fun Facts:

1. The name Mardi Gras means Fat Tuesday, a day of feasting before the start of Lent on Ash Wednesday. This day is also known as Shrove Tuesday from the word shrive, meaning “confess.

2. Depending on where you are, Mardi Gras celebrations can span more than a month, either starting on Twelfth Night or being confined to the 3 days before Mardi Gras day itself.

3. The Brazilian celebration of Mardi Gras, held from Friday to Fat Tuesday, is called Carnival. Carnival is the most famous Brazilian holiday. During this time period Brazil attracts 70% of its annual tourists!!!

4. The first known Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans took place in 1837, though prior to that it was celebrated in Mobile, Alabama in 1703.

5. The official colors of Mardi Gras have meanings. Purple is for justice, gold is for power and green is for faith. These were chosen by the Grand Duke of Russia in 1857.

mardi gras fun facts
6. Mardi Gras became a legal holiday in Louisiana in 1875.

7. The first informal mystic society, or krewe, was formed in Mobile in 1711, called  the Boeuf Gras Society. A krewe (pronounced in the same way as “crew”) is an organization that puts on a parade and/or a ball for the Carnival season.

8. The tradition of handing out items to the audience dates back to Renaissance Europe. In New Orleans, the first person to do that was a Krewe member dressed as Santa Claus in the 1880s.

9. Mardi Gras = Pancakes Day: In England, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada Mardi Gras is known as Pancake Day or “Pancake Tuesday” because the celebration specifically calls for eating pancakes to celebrate the holiday. In some countries, there are even pancake races to celebrate

10. The tradition of throwing beaded necklaces started in the early 1900s, when a float had a Santa Claus throwing glass beaded necklaces into the crowd. It was such a hit that it soon became a tradition and now Mardi Gras is known for this today!

mardi gras fun facts

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