Mardi Gras 2017 Images, Floats, Beads, Coutumes Ideas, Clothes, Dresses, Attire, Party Ideas

The festival season varies from city to city, as some traditions, such as the one in New Orleans, Louisiana, consider Mardi Gras 2017 to stretch the entire period from Twelfth Night (the last night of Christmas which begins Epiphany) to Ash Wednesday. Others treat the final three-day period before Ash Wednesday as the Mardi Gras. In Mobile, Alabama, Mardi Gras-associated social events begin in November, followed by mystic society balls on Thanksgiving, then New Year's Eve, followed by parades and balls in January and February, celebrating up to midnight before Ash Wednesday.

In earlier times, parades were held on New Year's Day. Other cities famous for Mardi Gras celebrations include Rio de Janeiro; Barranquilla, Colombia; George Town, Cayman Islands; Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago; Quebec City, Quebec, Canada; and Mazatlán, Sinaloa, Mexico.

Carnival is an important celebration in Anglican and CatholicIn the United Kingdom and Ireland, the week before Ash Wednesday is called "Shrovetide", ending on Shrove Tuesday. It has its popular celebratory aspects, as well. Pancakes are a traditional food. Pancakes and related fried breads or pastries made with sugar, fat, and eggs are also traditionally consumed at this time in many parts of Latin America and the Caribbean.
Mardi Gras parades includes many things like Floats, beads, throws, beautiful costumes and many more such things which makes parade more attractive.

Mardi Gras Floats:

The main part of celebrating Mardi Gras is Parades, and one cannot imagine parade without floats.  Floats have played a major role since krewes been parading through New Orleans over 100 years in Mardi Gras History :

Some floats are elaborate and beautiful, while some are funny and satirical. Every year Krewes come up with different themes of parades and so floats are created to reflect those themes. To make a beautiful float thousaands of dollars are spent and also it takes so many days to ready. The theme of float is not revealed to any third party it is kept as top secret.
Many Krewe members will ride on each float and there are anywhere from 15-40 full-size floats in any given parade, tossing beads and homemade "throws" to cheering crowds chanting "Throw Me Something, Mister"

Mardi Gras Beads and Throws:

  • Throws are items that Crew members on floats throw to parade-goers as the float passes by the streets. Throws often include doubloons, beads, cups, homemade trinkets, toys,etc.
  • Throwing of such things to crowds was started in the early 1870 by the Twelfth Night Revelvers, and is a time-honored expectation for young and old alike.
  • In the Bacchus parade, the King's float throws doubloons with the image of the celebrity king on one side of the doubloon. If you're lucky enough to catch one, hold onto it!
  • There are many other popular throws include cups (otherwise known as New Orleans dinnerware), long pearl beads and stuffed animals.

Mardi Gras Costumes, Clothes, Dresses:

Revelers know to wear costumes or at least dress in purple, green, and gold, and adorn themselves with long beads caught from the floats of previous parades. You'll see a lot of crazy costumes, kids with their families are everywhere, and both locals and visitors having a great time.  Mardi Gras 2017 Parade goers will sit on the ground, throw balls, play music, eat great food and watch the crowds walk by between parades.  On Mardi Gras day, the majority of non-essential businesses are shut down because of the celebration.

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