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Mardi Gras Tradition and Celebration

Mardi Gras Tradition and Celebration

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Published by Greg W Sheldon
Fun music for the Mardi Gras time of year. Check it out.
Fun music for the Mardi Gras time of year. Check it out.

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Published by: Greg W Sheldon on Feb 21, 2012
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 Whether you live in New Orleans, or elsewhere, Mardi Gras can be celebrated. Considering present day Mardi Gras celebrations, it might surprise you to learn that the festivalhas religious roots. Festivities start in New Orleans each year on January 6, the Twelfth Nightfeast of the Epiphany, and the day it is believed the three kings first visited Jesus Christ. MardiGras, French for 'Fat Tuesday', is the day-long highlight of Mardi Gras. While Mardi Gras mostcertainly has pagan, pre-Christian origins, the Roman Catholic Church legitimized the festival as abrief celebration before Lent. Mardi Gras Day, a legal holiday in New Orleans, is set to occur 46days (the 40 days of Lent plus six Sundays) Before Easter, and can come as early as February 3or as late as March 9. The celebration of Mardi Gras included private masked balls, and random street masking, in thecities of Mobile, Alabama and New Orleans. By the 1820s, maskers on foot, and in decoratedcarriages, began to appear on Fat Tuesday, and in 1837, the first documented procession tookplace in New Orleans, but it bore no resemblance to today's carnival. Just like a Mardi Gras Ball, your party should have a theme. Each person can choose to bemasked or unmasked, but bright colors, beads, and Jazz music is a must! One popularsuggestion for Mardi Gras parties outside of New Orleans, is to enlist the aid of someoneartistically inclined to paint a large piece of plywood to coordinate with the Mardi Gras theme,where each couple can stand to have their photo taken as a gift and memento of the party, justlike they do at the Mardi Gras balls in New Orleans! Decorating for your Mardi Gras Party is very easy. Strings of brightly colored lights (Christmastree lights work well) plenty of glittery, colorful confetti, helium balloons will round out the MardiGras theme. Serve traditional Mardi Gras foods and drinks like crawfish, seafood, boudan, jambalaya, gumbo,red beans and rice, moon pies, King Cake, Mardi Gras Margaritas, dips and chips. We areplanning on playing Mardi Gras related jazz, zydeco and dance music during the event. A songevery Mardi Gras celebration should have is "Mardi Gras Mambo" by Buckwheat Zydeco! Mrs. Party... Gail Leino is the internet's leading authority on selecting the best possible partysupplies (http://partysupplieshut.com), using proper etiquette and manners while also teachingorganizational skills and fun facts. The Party Supplies Hut has a huge selection of free partygames, coloring pages, word find, word scramble, printable baby and bridal shower activities.Mardi Gras party (Mardi-Gras-Fun.com) ideas, parade schedule, party planning tips, menus,beads, masks, recipes, free games, printable activities to help complete your celebration.  Article Source:http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Gail_Leino

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