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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Mardis Gras

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Mardi Gras is about music, parades, picnics, floats and excitement.  It's one big holiday in New Orleans!

History of Mardis Gras from MardisGrasNewOrleans.com
On March 2, 1699, French-Canadian explorer Jean Baptiste Le Moyne Sieur de Bienville arrived at a plot of ground 60 miles directly south of New Orleans, and named it "Pointe du Mardi Gras" when his men realized it was the eve of the festive holiday. Bienville also established "Fort Louis de la Louisiane" (which is now Mobile) in 1702. In 1703, the tiny settlement of Fort Louis de la Mobile celebrated America's very first Mardi Gras.
By the 1730s, Mardi Gras was celebrated openly in New Orleans, but not with the parades we know today.
By the late 1830s, New Orleans held street processions of maskers with carriages and horseback riders to celebrate Mardi Gras. Dazzling gaslight torches, or "flambeaux," lit the way for the krewe's members and lent each event an exciting air of romance and festivity.

Mardis Gras 1896

Mardis Gras circa 1900-1910

Mardis Gras 1930's

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