Mardi Gras Carnival Art / February 20, 2019 / Gladys Hayden
I m still working off that hangover. Winding Down With Rex and Comus After all the revelry of the Carnival season and the events leading up to it Mardi Gras night has become a sacred "restful" institution in my house. Like a runner who has passed the finish line of a massive marathon I offer those weary exhausted souls one last hoorah before Ash Wednesday begins. With a huge pot of red beans and rice multiple boxes of Popeye s Chicken ("Ain t no pawty like a popeyes pawty y all") and the last remaining crumbs of king cake my "tribe" gathers at 7pm on Mardi Gras night for the viewing of The Rex/Comus Ball on WYES. (*details of the Rex/Comus drinking game will not be discussed in this article. Thanks ~Mr. Credo).
The carnival is usually a precursor to a fasting period that follows this period. As this is a colorful and fun-filled festival organizing this in such a way to impress and allow your guests to enjoy the flavor at the same time is very important which brings us to mardi gras party supplies. Mardi gras is a very colorful event so the decorations to your place become the first priority. Decorate using bright colored beads flowers and ribbons. The second most important factor is the food served and supplied. This being basically a food centered carnival the menu should have rich delicacies and you should not bother about the calories in the food.
In the early 90 s people began to tire of the thin strands of plastic beads and would actually just leave them laying on the ground so some krewe members began to throw larger beads or novelty type beads with a theme. So why throw Mardi Gras beads? There is a school of thought that the beads or representative of the jewelry that was worn by royalty. People stand on the side of the road begging trinkets. "Throw me something Mister" is a phrase you can hear over and over again. If you catch the eye of a krewe member they will reward you by throwing a string of beads or more to you.