Mardi Gras Carnival Art / February 22, 2019 / Laurel Hawkins
The celebration of the last day before Lent dates back to at least the Middle Ages when men of noble lineage or accomplishment were knighted and formal banquets took place to honor the occasion. Mardi Gras which means Fat Tuesday in French as an alternate name for Shrove Tuesday was established in New Orleans while the city was under French control and was maintained as a major festival even when the territory was relinquished into Spanish hands as well as after the Louisiana Purchase was signed and the state of Louisiana officially joined the Union.
And just because you re standing next to a bunch of old grandmother looking ladies dressed in high heels and playboy bunny outfits don t make the mistake of thinking your chances are any better. After all these ladies might be old but they have fast feet and the spikes on those heels. Wow better watch out! The Ever Changing Mardi Gras Celebration Dates So you ve eagerly waited and anticipated this year s carnival like celebrations but just when does the season begin and when does it end? The actual date always falls on a Tuesday between February 3rd and March 9th.
The parades in New Orleans now begin up to three weeks before Mardi Gras with the Carnival season officially starting on the January 6th the Feast of Epiphany. The French Quarter of the city is the heart of the celebration which concludes promptly at midnight on Mardi Gras with the police asking revelers to scatter and the massive clean up getting under way. The krewe system was originally a hierarchical method that showcased the elite of the Carnival and usually New Orleans society. However in the latter part of the 20th century the exclusivity of the krewes was tempered by the formation of new more democratic krewes for which no credentials were required.