A Little History: Mardi Gras

The term “Mardi Gras” refers to events of the Carnival celebrations, beginning on or after Epiphany and culminating on the day before Ash Wednesday. Mardi gras is French for Fat Tuesday, referring to the practice of the last night of eating richer, fatty foods before the ritual fasting of the Lenten season, which begins on Ash Wednesday. Popular practices include wearing masks and costumes, overturning social conventions, dancing, sports competitions, parades, etc. [from Wikipedia]

The tradition of throwing
beads and small trinkets
from Mardi Gras parade
floats dates back almost
as long as the parades
themselves. Originally,
the beaded necklaces
were made from glass,
but the Krewes switched
to plastic in the mid
1900s. Throws started in
the 1920s when Rex and
a few other Krewes
started throwing small
trinkets. Today, you can
catch almost anything from a masked rider—stuffed animals, plastic cups, small toys and even bags to hold all your goodies.

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