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Mardi Gras is the Biggest Festival in New Orleans article


Mardi Gras is the Biggest Festival in New Orleans



            Mardi Gras is the biggest Carnival celebration in New Orleans, which begins on or after Epiphany and culminates on the day before Ash Wednesday. Mardi Gras is an important Catholic celebration on Tuesday and in French it is called “Shrove Tuesday” or “Fat Tuesday,” which is 47 days before Easter or the day before the Lenten season. People love Mardi Gras season because they get together and enjoy good food and drinks. Besides that, they dress in different costumes and masks. Later they go see the parades and have a good time. The parades have krewe members who gather to ride on each float, and at night they attended the Mardi Gras balls.



            First, Mardi Gras was brought to New Orleans around 1718 by French colonist brothers Pierre Le Moyne and Jean Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville in 17th century, when King Louis XIV sent the pair to defend France’s claim on the territory of Louisiana, which included the southern states of Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, and eight counties of Louisiana. In addition, Mardi Gras in New Orleans is the most famous festival in North America. In 1875, Governor Warmoth signed the Mardi Gras act making “Fat Tuesday” a legal holiday in Louisiana, for which businesses and workplaces close. The people love this season and gather together to enjoy good food and drinks. For example, King Cakes are a vibrant part of Mardi Gras in New Orleans, the people baking a special cake in honor of the three kings, called “A King’s Cake.” Each King cake has a tiny baby inside. If a lucky person receives the slice of cake with the baby inside, that person must buy the next King Cake.


            Furthermore, people dress up in different costumes and masks in Mardi Gras. The costumes and masks bring excitement to the festival in New Orleans. The three colors of Mardi Gras are purple (representing justice), green (representing faith), and gold (representing power). People wear masks during the Carnival season, and the krewes who rides on the floats are required to wear mask by the law. Each mask has different design to impress the revelers. Some masks are made from peacock feathers, glitter, and rhinestones. Also, Mardi Gras masks can cover the whole face or they only cover your eyes. Wearing a mask in Mardi Gras is a long tradition that people in society carry on more than a hundred years later. Costumes and masks make Mardi Gras celebrations more exhilarating.


            In addition, Mardi Gras in New Orleans has the biggest and longest parades in North America. Each float is a decorated platform, either built in a vehicle like a truck or towed behind the tractor. The parades officially start on the Friday before Mardi Gras. Each krewe member decorates and creates a float that reflects their theme. The parades have different schedules, and this year it starts on January 6. In New Orleans, Mardi Gras parades will be at three main areas. The first parade is located around downtown in the French Quarter, which has a lot of tourists. The second parade is in Uptown, which around Napoleon Avenue, Magazine Street, and St. Charles Avenue. The revelers are local inhabitants and you will see children and families enjoying a good time. The third parade is in Midtown; it starts at the intersection of City Park Avenue and goes down North Carrollton Avenue to Canal Street. The krewe members on floats throw beads, doubloons, cups, small toys, and stuffed animals to the revelers. The revelers in Mardi Gras are boisterous and thunderous, but all of them are happy to celebrate this festival.


            Moreover, each krewe member who rides on the floats are unique and important for Mardi Gras because they are the organizations who put on parades or balls for the Carnival season. The krewe decides their own theme, costumes, floats, and their throws. Each float plays a major role in Mardi Gras. Some floats are elaborate and beautiful, while others are funny and satirical. Many krewes have a theme for their float each year and it is a secret. Besides that, most krewes are named after figures from Greek, Roman, and Egyptian mythology but some are names after the neighborhood where they parade. Lately, the parades are named after movies, famous associations, and famous Hollywood stars or political figures. The floats are flamboyant and they bring excitement to the parade. Furthermore, the balls are sponsored by a krewe or a private club. The King and Queen of the krewe organize the Mardi Gras ball. Krewe members join the ball for dancing and dinner at night. The krewe and the balls are significant to the Carnival season.


            Mardi Gras has a long history in New Orleans and a bright future. Tourists and locals love Carnival season, for they get to enjoy good food, drinks, and wearing masks. Costumes are also important for the revelers enjoying Mardi Gras. The krewe members, parades, and Mardi Gras balls are unique and elaborate. The revelers and events make for an exciting Mardi Gras celebration. If you want to experience Mardi Gras, you should come to New Orleans.


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