Mardi Gras Carnival Art / February 19, 2019 / Lauri Cooke
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.
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.
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.