Where: Sacred Heart Church
When : February 17th, 2015
Time: 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Price: $10/person, $25/family of 3 or more
February 17, 2015 – Mardi Gras
Parades and Parties:
Mardi Gras Day is the last day of Carnival season.
Carnival is celebrated in countries with large Roman Catholic populations. It begins on January 6th, the twelfth day after Christmas.
Carnivals include balls, parties, and parades with floats and costumed dancers.
The colors of Mardi Gras are purple (justice) gold, (power), and green (faith).
Social clubs called “Krewes” organize the parades, and give balls and parties.
Parades feature floats, marching bands, and a king and queen who lead the parade.
Beads and coins called doubloons are thrown from the floats to the spectators.
The History of Mardi Gras:
Mardi Gras is a state holiday in Alabama, Florida, and eight parishes in Louisiana.
Typical attendance for Mardi Gras in New Orleans is about 1.4 million, after Katrina, the first Mardi Gras saw 700,000.
1837 – First Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans.
1857 – First time floats appear in the parades.
Festivities have been canceled 13 times before, most often during war-time.
Mobile, Alabama, was the first place in the United States to celebrate Mardi Gras, and now holds the second largest celebration after New Orleans.
Mardi Gras is always the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday. Because individuals fast for lent, Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday is considered the “last hoorah” before their 40 day fasting. In the past centuries, individuals spent Mardi Gras stuffing their faces with food and alcohol.
Mardi Gras in French is apparently translated into “Fat Tuesday.” Some believe the name of the holiday comes from a fattened ox that was paraded on the streets before being sacrificed. Mardi Gras is also known as Shrove Tuesday.
Mardi Gras = Pancakes Day
In England, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada Mardi Gras is known as Pancake Day or “Pancake Tuesday” because the celebration specifically calls for eating pancakes to celebrate the holiday. In some countries, there are even pancake races to celebrate!! Say what?!
Mardi Gras is a Long Celebration
Although “Fat Tuesday” is famous, Mardi Gras is actually a long celebration. In fact, in some countries the celebration is six weeks and Mardi Gras is the culmination of the holidays. See, in some countries, the celebration starts on January 6 for the “Epiphany,” which celebrates the bringing of gifts to Jesus from the wise men.
In some countries, King’s Cake — which is a wreath shaped purple, green, and gold cake — is eaten for six weeks!!! Talk about gaining weight!! The traditional Mardi Gras food usually has a baby Jesus baked into it, and whoever eats the piece with the figurine is believed to have good luck for the rest of the year.
The tradition of floats handing stuff out to Parade onlookers started in Renaissance Europe. Back then, parade participants received ale, meat, and even grain. Now it’s different, lol, which people throwing beads.
The tradition of throwing beaded necklaces started in the early 1900s, when a float had a Santa Claus throwing glass beaded necklaces into the crowd. It was such a hit, that it soon became a tradition, and that is exactly what Mardi Gras is known for today.
The tradition of women baring their breasts to get beaded necklaces is fairly new. In fact, it only occurred in the past decade when women on Spring Break got too tipsy and started showing their stuff during the parade. Now, it’s totally synonymous.