When Is Mardi Gras?
Mardi Gras is actually a season that begins on the Twelfth Night, which occurs 12 days after Christmas (January 6). The celebration runs through Mardi Gras Day, which falls on a different day each year but is always 46 days before Easter and commonly known as Fat Tuesday. Mardi Gras Day evolved as a day of food and festivities, because it is the day before Ash Wednesday.
What Mardi Gras Traditions Can You Incorporate Into Your Event?
Masquerade costume parties, beads, King’s Cake, doubloons, the naming of a King and/or Queen, and lots of music are staples of Mardi Gras that you can make a part of your celebration. Hold a costume party, complete with distribution of feathered masks for the guests. Distribute beads in the traditional Mardi Gras colors of green, gold and purple (you can even toss them into the crowd like they are tossed from floats in the Mardi Gras parade).
Doubloons are brightly colored aluminum coins that are considered prized collectibles. In New Orleans, each “krewe” (or Carnival club) stamps its own doubloons, featuring the club logo on one side and the parade theme on the other. The clubs throw them from parade floats, and revelers try to collect as many different clubs’ doubloons as possible. You can us doubloons as party favors at your event, or include one in the envelope with your Mardi Gras invitations for an extra special touch.
King’s Cake is a tradition in New Orleans that begins on King’s Day, January 6, the start of the Mardi Gras season. A tiny plastic baby is baked into a cinnamon filled cake shaped into a hollow circle, topped with glaze and sprinkled with purple, green and gold sugar. The person who is served the piece of cake containing the baby is considered the King or Queen of the party.
What Are the Traditional Colors of Mardi Gras?
Purple, green and gold are the colors of Mardi Gras, so use them liberally in your party decorations, costumes, and Mardi Gras stationery. Each color has a specific meaning. Purple symbolizes justice, green represents Faith, and gold signifies power.
What Kind Of Music Should You Have At Your Mardi Gras Party?
New Orleans is home to a vibrant music scene that kicks up a notch during Mardi Gras. The sounds of Zydeco and Jazz fill the streets of the Crescent City and will be a fitting soundtrack to your event. You can even use Mardi Gras invitations with imagery of saxophones and trumpets to set the party mood.
Creations by Leslie has Mardi Gras stationery to set the stage for a party as gloriously enjoyable as the new Orleans tradition that inspired the theme. For announcements that will build excitement for your event from the moment they are out of the envelope, order your customized Mardi Gras invitations from Creations by Leslie today.