Mardi Gras Definition, Meaning, Origin, History with Mardi Gras 2017 Schedule 

Mardi Gras Definition

Mardi Gras is a French word which is called as Fat Tuesday or Shrove Tuesday. All over the world Mardi Gras is celebrated as a festival of Christian culture.It is celebrated a day before Ash Wednesday. Mardi Gras is a Carnival held in some countries and mainly in New Orleans, Lousiana.

Mardi Gras Meaning

Mardi Gras mainly refers to events of carnival celebrated in different countries. It is celebrated in the period between the last day of Christmas to the day before Ash Wednesday. Mardi Gras refers to the last night of eating fatty food before the begenning of ritual fasting of the Lenten season. Mardi Gras is celebrated through mega Parades and Parties. Mardi Gras is associated with the penitential season of Lent. Lent is a solemn religious observance in the liturgical calendar that begins on Ash Wednesday and ends approximately six weeks later before Easter Sunday.
The main objective of Lent is the preparation of the beliver through prayer. This event is seen in Methodist and Roman catholic churches.

Origin Of Mardi Gras - History of Mardi Gras:

The origins of Mardi Gras is from Medieval Europe, which then came to Rome and Venice in the 17th and 18th centuries to the French House of the Bourbons. From there, the traditional revelry of "Boeuf Gras" followed France to her colonies.
On March 2, 1699, French-Canadian explorer Jean Baptiste Le Moyne Sieur De Bienville arrived at a plot of ground 60miles directly south of New Orleans, and named it "Pointe du Mardi Gras" when his men realized it was the eve of the festive holiday.

In 1704, Mobile established a secret society call as Masque de la Mobile which is same as the form of current Mardi Gras Krewes. This lasted until 1709. In the year 1710, the "Boueuf Gras Society" was formed and paraded from 1711 through 1861. This was occured on Fat Tuesday.

Bienville established New Orleans in the year 1718. With the end of 1730s Mardi Gras was celebrated openly in New Orleans and today we know that as parades. With the begenning of 1740s Louisiana's governor, the Marquis de Vaudreuil, established elegant society balls, which became the model for the New Orleans Mardi Gras balls of today.

By the late 1830s, New Orleans held street processions of maskers with carriages and horseback riders to celebrate Mardi Gras. Dazzling gaslist tourhes, of "flambeaux", lit the way for the krewe's members and lent each event an exciting air of romance and festivity.

In 1870, Mardi Gras' second Krewe, the Twelth Night Revelers, was formed. This is also the first recorded account of Mardi Gras "throws".
  •  After that newspapers began to announce Mardi Gras in advance and also they printed their special "Carnival Edition".
In this way Mardi Gras began to expand over years. Like comus and the Twelfth Night Revelers, Most Mardi Gras Krewes today developed from private clubs with restrictive membership policies. As all these parade organizations are funded by their members, New Orleanians call it the "Greatest Free Show on Earth".

Schedule of Mardi Gras On 28th February 2017 :

  • Zulu                    8:00 a.m.           Uptown Features Royalty
  • Rex `                   10:00 a.m.          Uptown Features Royalty
  • Elks Orleanians     Follows    Uptown Truck Parade
  • Crescent City        Follows            Uptown Truck Parade
  • Argus                 10:00 a.m.            Metairie
  • Krewe of Elks Jefferson   Follows Metairie    Truck Parade
  • Krewe of Jefferson           Follows Metairie    Truck Parade
  • Lyra                   10:00 a.m. Covington
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