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Mardi Gras Facts

9 Notable Facts: 9. about Mardi Gas Mardi Gras marks the end of Carnival season. The Carnival season begins on January 6th, the Epiphany and lasts until the day before Ash Wednesday. TH JAN6" In French, Mardi Gras means "Fat Tuesday." The day rep- resents the last hurrah of sorts leading up to the start of Lent, the 40 days of fasting before Easter. Pope Gregory XIII made Mardi Gras a holiday in 1582 by adding it to his Gregorian calendar the day before Ash Wednesday. The LeMoyne broth- ers brought the holiday to North America in the late 17th century. It Mardi Gras is celebrated around the world. In Ireland, England, Aus- tralia, New Zealand, and Canada, it is also known as "Pancake Day." The holiday is celebrated by eating pancakes and participating in pan- cake-themed activities. The first Mardi Gras celebrations took place in Mobile, Alabama in 1703. The city hosts the second largest party after New Orleans. The first Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans took place in 1837. It wasn't until 1857 that floats ap- peared in the parade. If you're going to ride on a float in the Mardi Gras parade, you're re- quired by law to wear a mask. The tradition of wearing a mask started to rid society of the social constraints for the holiday. Different classes and groups could mingle freely during the festivities. Beads aren't the only things thrown into the crowd during the Mardi Gras parade. People throw stuffed animals, toys, candy and more. Green, purple and gold are the of- ficial colors of Mardi Gras. Each color is said to represent different things. Green for faith, purple for justice and gold for power. COSTUME SuperCenter Sources:

Mardi Gras Facts

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