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Updated on Feb 25, 2022
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What is Mardi Gras?

Mardi Gras is a Christian festival. The festival is a cultural heritage that has been carried out since thousands of years ago. Especially when it's spring. So, this festival becomes a spring ritual.

This festival is celebrated in almost all countries of the world, especially in countries with large populations of Roman Catholics. In some countries, this festival begins before Lent.

Some countries that often host the celebration are Brazil, New Orleans, and Venice. The festival held by the three countries is also frequently visited by various tourists who want to see the festivities.

Initially, this celebration came from a local Roman tradition named Saturnalia and Lupercalia. Well, because Christianity began to spread in Rome, the religious leaders there tried to integrate the traditions with Christianity.

That's what eventually became the Mardi Gras festival. The celebration marks the start of Lent, the 40 days of fasting, and penance that are observed between Ash Wednesday and Easter Sunday.

Because Christianity also continued to spread, Mardi Gras also spread widely from Rome to other countries in Europe. Examples are France, Spain, Germany, and England. Now, not only other countries with a majority Catholic population also celebrate the Heritage of Mardi Gras Festival.

How is The Mardi Gras Celebration Performed by African Roots?

Many countries in the world celebrate this festival, but how about celebrating the Festival Heritage of Mardi Gras from African Roots?

  1. Mardi Gras Celebration of Africans in New Orleans

    The first parade was celebrated in New Orleans in 1857. They decorate vehicles, organize contests, prepare dinners, and organize football matches.

    In 1901, a black support group in New Orleans sponsored an African-American parade. In 1909, the festival was named Zulu. Zulu was made with a different concept from other Mardi Gras festivals.

    When celebrating Zulu, every parade participant makes fun of the white king of the Mardi Gras parade. It was a form of reprisal from a parody of slavery to the black race. The black Indians who performed the festival were given the nickname Mardi Gras Indians.

    African-Americans believe in their history that their ancestors were Native Americans. Then, their descendants fled from the domination and discrimination of the white race.

  2. Mardi Gras is Organized by The Mobile Area Mardi Gras Association

    The Mobile Area Mardi Gras Association was the first African-American organization founded in 1938. The first parade held by the organization began in 1939.

    At the celebration, they rode floats, held a coronation party called the Grand Marshals' Ball, held cultural events, and a Royal Luncheon.

  3. Mardi Gras from The Krewe of African Kings

    In 1990, The Krewe of African Kings became the oldest Mardi Gras organization in Florida. His name is Krewe of African Kings. It was a Pensacola krewe with all black members.

    Unlike the Mardi Gras Indians who use costumes during the parade to honor the religion and culture of Native Americans, the Mardi Gras of the Krewe of African Kings uses costumes to honor African royalty. The maximum number of members is only 20 people. 

    During this celebration, a coronation party was also held. All members of the organization elect an African king. Another organization related to this organization is the Krewe of African Queens.

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Unique Facts about Mardi Gras Celebration

Mardi Gras is one of the most festive celebrations in the world. There are beads, masks, music, king cakes, and several other events. However, there are some unique facts about the celebration. What are they?

  • Mardi Gras is also known as Fat Tuesday.
  • The main colors for Mardi Gras are gold, purple and green. Gold represents strength, purple represents justice, and green represents faith.
  • In some countries, the celebration lasts from 3 days to a week.
  • The Krewe of Rex carried on a tradition of giving Spanish gold coins at the celebration.
  • The first Mardi Gras Parade in New Orleans was held in 1838.

  • New Orleans became famous for its festive Mardi Gras celebrations in 1857.
  • The Mardi Gras anthem is “If I Cease to Love.”
  • Krewe of Rex also has its own official song for the Mardi Gras celebration.
  • At the Mardi Gras celebration, masks are also used to make all the carnival participants feel happier.
  • Mardi Gras masks are mandatory for people who ride on the floats at the Mardi Gras festival.

  • Every year, around 1.2 million people come to New Orleans to witness the biggest festival in the world.
  • The most popular greeting that is usually said at Mardi Gras celebrations is “Laissez les bon temps rouler.”
  • Masks used at Mardi Gras celebrations must be removed by 6.00 pm.
  • Organizations or groups in New Orleans that hold the Mardi Gras parade are known as Krewe.
  • Each Krewe has a different king, queen, and palace each year. The king and queen are elected by all members of the crew once a year.

  • The Mardi Gras Parade held in New Orleans is held in a different area each year.
  • There are more than 70 Mardi Gras parades that take place in New Orleans in a single season.
  • If you want to see a Mardi Gras parade that families and children can watch, just watch the Mardi Gras parade in the northern part of the French Quarter.

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