Mardi Gras Carnival Art / February 21, 2019 / Hester Higgins
Meeting of the Courts Each year at the meeting of the courts there s a particular song that is played over and over (and over and over). The theme to Rex is a song called "If Ever I Cease To Love." After listening to the play by play by the on-air commentators and Mardi Gras Historians (like Mr. Mardi Gras Authur Hardy) " If Ever I Cease To Love" is considered to be THE pinnacle Mardi Gras song as well as the most traditional. Really guys? I ve never heard that song in my life. My curiosity was peaked and I went on a mission to find out everything I could about this ultimate Mardi Gras song. As it turns out "If Ever I Cease To Love" is steeped in tradition and remains probably the oldest Mardi Gras tunes out there.
I think that this might be a new thing for you that Mardi Gras is celebrated in so many places throughout the world. Let us jump to another fact that there are associations who organize Mardi Gras carnivals known as Krewes. Mardi Gras officially begins on the 12th day of Christmas. From the beginning of New Year till the time when Mardi Gras starts there are a lot of people who start celebrating Mardi Gras by throwing private parties and at the same time a lot of outdoor activities begin throughout New Orleans to embrace the upcoming grand celebrations. With all these facts I would also like to add that it would not be wrong to say that Mardi Gras celebrations are incomplete without Mardi Gras Beads Mardi Gras Masks and Mardi Gras Floats.
After the founding of the Mystic Krewe of Comus in 1857 (and their nighttime torch-lit parade) the Krewe Of Rex established several key factors that would become staples for the entire Carnival tradition in 1872: the Mardi Gras flag the official colors of purple green and gold and the "royal anthem" of a song titled "If Ever I Cease To Love." In classic New Orleans style the song comes from a burlesque show entitled "Blue Beard" and features some of the craziest lyrics this side of a Christina Aguilera National Anthem performance: "If Ever I Cease To Love If Ever I Cease To Love/May cows lay eggs and fish grow legs If Ever I Cease To Love." Our very own Edward Branley recently told the fascinating story of how these insane lyrics have anything to do with Mardi Gras.