Mardi Gras Carnival Art / February 20, 2019 / Cristina Pennington
I m still working off that hangover. Winding Down With Rex and Comus After all the revelry of the Carnival season and the events leading up to it Mardi Gras night has become a sacred "restful" institution in my house. Like a runner who has passed the finish line of a massive marathon I offer those weary exhausted souls one last hoorah before Ash Wednesday begins. With a huge pot of red beans and rice multiple boxes of Popeye s Chicken ("Ain t no pawty like a popeyes pawty y all") and the last remaining crumbs of king cake my "tribe" gathers at 7pm on Mardi Gras night for the viewing of The Rex/Comus Ball on WYES. (*details of the Rex/Comus drinking game will not be discussed in this article. Thanks ~Mr. Credo).
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.
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.