Monday, January 12, 2015

Mardi Gras Mambo

Mardi Gras is celebrated on the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday. Mardi Gras is also known as Fat Tuesday. This name was given to Mardi Gras because people would eat as much as possible before fasting for Lent. The period of Lent is the eight weeks before Easter when fasting and other self-denials are practiced by Protestants and other Anglican churches. Parades are known to start about two weeks before Mardi Gras day. A krewe is an organization formed to help arrange parades and masquerade balls. Each parade is given a name according to what the krewes decide on. Krewes would decide what kind of theme their parade would have. An example of a theme would be the Krewe of Proteus. This parade would have an Egyptian setting. Each float in this parade would be decorated with an Egyptian theme. Parades still have themes today. You can find more information on our website: