Mardi Gras Carnival Art / February 20, 2019 / Chris Burris
Beginning two weeks before Fat Tuesday or Mardi Gras Day there is at least one parade daily. It is during these parades that the beads or throws are primarily used. The New Orleans parades are organized by Krewes which are member sponsored communities. During the course of the parade the krewe members toss out a number of different types of throws such as beads doubloons cups and stuffed animals or small toys. Make sure you bring a large bag pillow case or any other sturdy container to bring your "catch" home in. Prior to the 1960 s the beads were made from glass; however they are currently being made from plastic.
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.
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.