Mardi Gras Carnival Art / February 21, 2019 / Lauri Cooke
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.
The traditional Mardi Gras King cake is thought to have been derived from this need to use up perishable items. Today Carnival and Mardi Gras are celebrated in many different fashions. Some only celebrate on the actual Tuesday before Ash Wednesday while others take full advantage of the time and attend many luncheons masked balls and parades. Parades are generally the highlight for the majority of those who observe Mardi Gras and though Mobile and New Orleans have the biggest and oldest celebrations many other communities all along the Gulf Coast are forming their own societies.
I think that this might be a new thing for you that Mardi Gras is celebrated in so many places throughout the world. Let us jump to another fact that there are associations who organize Mardi Gras carnivals known as Krewes. Mardi Gras officially begins on the 12th day of Christmas. From the beginning of New Year till the time when Mardi Gras starts there are a lot of people who start celebrating Mardi Gras by throwing private parties and at the same time a lot of outdoor activities begin throughout New Orleans to embrace the upcoming grand celebrations. With all these facts I would also like to add that it would not be wrong to say that Mardi Gras celebrations are incomplete without Mardi Gras Beads Mardi Gras Masks and Mardi Gras Floats.