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Music, Color, Costumes and Beads—It’s Mardi Gras Time!

Mardi Gras in New Orleans, 1936.

Mardi Gras in New Orleans, 1936.

Did you know that Mardi Gras has ancient roots? Come back with us to those bygone times and explore the festivities that have led to the sights and sounds of today’s modern-day celebration in New Orleans.

First, the vocabulary surrounding Mardi Gras and Carnival bears some explanation.  The period between January 6, or the Epiphany (ending the twelve days of Christmastide) to Ash Wednesday is the Carnival season, which is based on Christian rituals.  It precedes Lent, a roughly six-week period of sacrifice and prayer prior to Easter Sunday.  Mardi Gras technically is the last day of the Carnival and is held on Fat Tuesday (although the Mardi Gras season is an accepted term often heard).  In fact, the word “carnival” is thought to be from the “Medieval Latin word carnelevarium, meaning to take away or remove meat.”[1] Continue reading