Edited by Gerald Boerner
The high point of the New Orleans’ social calendar is Mardi Gras which is held on the last day before the start of Lent each year. This is an excuse to stroll along the streets of the French Quarter, especially down Bourbon Street. Ones joins other revelers who wear special masks and dress outrageously. And then there are the floats sponsored by the various Krewe social clubs. Special beads are tossed to the crowd, often after the flashing of female “assets”!
This Mardi Gras celebration evolved as part of the religious observation of the Catholic Church leading up to Holy Week. This celebration is found around the world with the most notable ones located in Nice, France, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and New Orleans, Louisiana. This celebration may be called Carnival instead of Mardi Gras and the first celebration in the United States was held in 1703 in Mobile, Alabama; New Orleans first observed this in 1827.
While I have not been in New Orleans during Mardi Gras, I was there on Halloween night several years ago. Halloween evening is the second biggest celebration compared to Mardi Gras. I can tell you that it is wild, really wild. The attire, behaviors, and general level of carefreeness I have not seen before. Given this experience, I can only imagine the level of “debauchery” on Mardi Gras! Whether the participants in this celebration observe the abstinences of Lent or not cannot be readily determined, but celebrate they do.
So let’s jump into the exploration of this event without any further delay… GLB
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Quotations Related to MARDI GRAS:
“Even if they had it in the streets, I wouldn’t go.” [On Mardi Gras]
— Samuel Goldwyn
“This is good. It brings back the Mardi Gras spirit.”
— David Spears
“Just wait ’til we get the Mardi Gras music going.”
— Annie Lewis