Mardi Gras Carnival Art / February 21, 2019 / Alta Gentry
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.
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.
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.