Today on Days to Remember we celebrate how on February 27th 1827, New Orleans held its first Mardi Gras celebration.
How did Mardi Gras come about in the United States?
A group of boisterous masked students decked out in colorful costumes took to the streets of New Orleans on February 27, 1827 mimicking what they had seen done in Paris, in what would be the first of the city’s many world famous Mardi Gras celebrations.
Mardi Gras, or Carnival as it is also known, existed long before 19th century New Orleans. Like most Christian holidays, Mardi Gras sprang from an ancient Pagan tradition.
Mardi Gras means “Fat Tuesday” in French, and it was the last chance to party until Easter was over – so this was the time to got nuts. As Christianity spread from Rome across Europe, Mardi Gras went along with it.
It is believed that the first Mardi Gras celebrations held in America took place in 1699, when French explorers held a small celebration on a spot they dubbed Point du Mardi Gras.
Purple, green and gold are the traditional colors of Mardi Gras. Purple is meant to signify justice, green represents faith and gold is symbolic of power. There are a variety of origin stories as to how and why these colors were picked.
Today’s YouTube presentation brought to you by user name, (Fox 10 News), gives you a little history about the history of Mardi Gras.
Mardi Gras is an important part of New Orleans’ history and identity. Even after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, the city held its Mardi Gras celebrations in February 2006 as they always had. Attendance was lower, only drawing 60-70 percent of the usual crowd, but it marked an important turning point in New Orleans’ recovery.
As we celebrate how on February 27th 1827, New Orleans held its first Mardi Gras celebration.
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