So it's Mardi Gras time here in New Orleans. From now until "Fat Tuesday" I am going to blog something about Mardi Gras every day.
Carnival is the season of celebration which begins annually on January 6, the Twelfth Night or Kings' day, and ends at midnight on Fat Tuesday. Kings' day celebrates the arrival of the three kings to Jesus' birthplace. Fat Tuesday, or Mardi Gras, is a single day of Carnival, the day before the Lenten season. Carnival season is celebrated with parades by krewes. A krewe is a generic term for all Carnival organizations. There are many krewes in Louisiana, and each parish celebrates their own parades put on by their krewes. The bigger the krewe (super krewe) the better the throws (beads etc.). Contrary to popular belief, Mardi Gras is for families. Just avoid Bourbon St. and you'll be fine. The three colors of Mardi Gras are purple, green and gold. Purple represents justice; green faith and gold power.
The Coast Guard even has a Mardi Gras tradition. Each year a Coast Guard Cutter transports the Kings, Zulu and Rex, to Lundi Gras to kick off the Mardi Gras celebration.
Tomorrow we will be uptown and in the French Quarter to enjoy some parades: Iris, Tucks, and Endymion (pronounced en-dim-ee-on). Endymion is a super krewe and will have Kid Rock as a celebrity guest.
Let the Good Times Roll! Laissez les bon temps rouler!