Mardi Gras Carnival Art / February 21, 2019 / Cristina Pennington
It is the twelfth day of Christmas the Epiphany and celebrates the day that the three wise men found and worshipped the baby Jesus. In communities where Carnival is observed Epiphany marks the beginning of the season and the last day is always the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday Mardi Gras day. The word Carnival is taken from the Latin and is literally translated as "farewell to the flesh". The Carnival season is time of merriment and brief season of feasting before the somber time of Lent. Some experiments have reasoned that the custom actually began as a way to use any meat eggs and milk before Lent began so that no items were left to waste during the forty day long fasting period.
Get some really rich food items like fresh cream based puddings sweets with lots of nuts and meat and so on. Drinks are a definite requirement to lift the spirits and mood of the people coming in. Be sure to load the party with sufficient snacks cold drinks and beer for the boozing type. In such a fun filled carnival one should also arrange for a band or a DJ who can pump in the music on the dance floor. Food supplies can be ordered from catering services as this would be hassle free and cut down on the preparation time required in preparing such an elaborate food menu.
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.