Mardi Gras Carnival Art / February 19, 2019 / Blanche Durham
Masks made from pale pastel plumage with shiny sequins are standard fare at Mardi gras Carnival and masquerade parties. There s an allure and style to them possessed by no other costume element. Much is made of our desire to pretend and the imagination s ability to do so. Few activities give us the opportunity as readily as does the costume party. Frills and flourishes that have no other place are found in abundance at parades of show costume-clad dancers wearing yards of sequined fishnet and feathered elegance. None of it would have the same mystery without the elegance of the mask. These beautiful adornments have a history of their own that heralds back to court functions in pre-Revolutionary France. There s the hint of a palace in every feathery sequined one of them.
In Sweden the celebration is called Fettisdagen. A retirement celebration for Lee C. Teng (ASD) will be held Thursday Feb. 24. Family Gras: the family friendly celebration takes place the last weekend in February in the New Orleans suburb of Metairie. Why limit your celebration to one day? You can get Cajun specials all month long at this Palatine bar and restaurant including traditional-style gumbo fried catifish and the Bayou Pasta Bowl with alligator shrimp and crawfish. Mardi gras is a popular carnival celebrated around the world particularly in Europe and America with great enthusiasm. It is basically a food eating carnival involving food with higher fat contents. This carnival is also commonly known as the "fat Tuesday" due to the fatty contents of the food served during the event.
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.