The History Mardi Gras Celebration

March 4, 2014 is Fat Tuesday and I was curious about the history of the Mardi Gras celebration.  In the United States the mention of Mardi Gras brings to mind New Orleans, LA where is celebrated in a grand way. The history of the Mardi Gras celebration actually goes back many years in many European cities and countries since the Middle Ages.  The celebration is the last opportunity for feasting and celebration before Christianity’s Ash Wednesday and Lent.The modern version of the Mardi Gras parade started before the Civil War. In 1857 the first group or “krewe” organized the parade [

Mardi Gras king cake
Mardi Gras king cake

The king cake is one of the traditions for Mardi Gras.  It is colorfully decorated and has a small plastic baby hidden somewhere in the cake.  During the celebration when the cake is served, whoever finds the plastic baby in their portion is designated to host the next celebration, a wonderful way to carry on the history of the Mardi Gras celebration.

PBS – New Orleans

The Times-Picayune

New Orleans Online

History of Mardi Gras

 

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