Mardi Gras Carnival Art / February 21, 2019 / Cecelia Montgomery
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.
So with these ideas call up your friends during mardi gras for a fun filled food carnival! Gathering the Mardi Gras Parade Throws and Remember the Dates for Mardi Gras Carnival Season The changes in Mardi Gras and how it s celebrated and ever increasing popularity is because of lots of reasons not the least are variety of activities included. For one there is not another holiday that has its own colors parades special party balls and the date changes each year. Plus it is the special time of the year when those celebrating this holiday can wear very creative and colorful costumes to weeks of special events.
Behind the band come six "strong men" from the village often the tradition of carrying the torch or flambeaux is passed from father to son as the elder gets on in years. They sometimes have a helper walking beside them just in case. It s a hard and difficult job. The torches are similar in length to a caber and have been soaked for many months to ensure they stay alight. The flambeaux are then followed by many floats in which the local inhabitants deck both the float and themselves out in a variety of colours and costumes. Many are topical political statements. The more whisky that s handed around the waiting crowd the funnier they seem.