Mardi Gras Carnival Art / February 21, 2019 / Fran Petty
Now with all the variables isn t it easy to understand and remember? (Just kidding). OK so let s make it a bit more simple. Here are the upcoming dates for the next 10 years: 2014 - March 4; 2015 - February 17; 2016 - February 9; 2017 - February 28; 2018 - February 13; 2019 - March 5; 2020 - February 25; 2021 - February 16; 2022 - March 1; 2023 - February 21; and 2024 - February 13. If you re considering booking a trip to one of the many cities offering Mardi Gras carnivals make sure you consider all the different deals on hotels and snap up a bargain. New Orleans Rio de Janeiro and Venice all host major festivals complete with colourful parades costumes parties balls and plenty of masquerading.
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.
The traditional Mardi Gras King cake is thought to have been derived from this need to use up perishable items. Today Carnival and Mardi Gras are celebrated in many different fashions. Some only celebrate on the actual Tuesday before Ash Wednesday while others take full advantage of the time and attend many luncheons masked balls and parades. Parades are generally the highlight for the majority of those who observe Mardi Gras and though Mobile and New Orleans have the biggest and oldest celebrations many other communities all along the Gulf Coast are forming their own societies.