The attire for a Mardi Gras ball varies greatly. It runs the gamut from formal wear to festive clothing featuring the traditional holiday colors: green, gold and purple. Costumes and masks are also popular Mardi Gras attire, according to the website Mardi Gras New Orleans.Know More
"If there is one rule in regard to Mardi Gras dresses, it is there is no rule because Mardi Gras is the perfect time to let go of social norms and have a fantastic time," according to DressEmpire.com, the same rule applies to menswear.
A Mardi Gras ball might have a masquerade theme that requires all guests to dress in disguise. Wearing elaborate masks is a popular tradition associated with the holiday. The mask creates a sense of mystery for the wearer, and encourages him or her to release any inhibitions and embrace fun.
Beads are also another big part of the Mardi Gras tradition. Beads are traded in exchange for good deeds and favors during the celebration. Although they are typically cheap, beads are also used as fashion statements during the holiday, so wearing them to add a festive touch during a Mardi Gras ball is perfectly acceptable. Mardi Gras is a unique holiday in that it allows elaborate and playful fashion statements.Learn More
Mardi Gras falls on the Tuesday immediately before Ash Wednesday, which is the official beginning of Lent. Mardi Gras is seen as a hedonistic celebration that will prepare revelers for the period of fasting and religious self control that follows during Lent.Full Answer >
Though there technically is not a single king of Mardi Gras, the king of the Rex Krewe is known as the king of Carnival, a position that holds special significance. The Rex Krewe king of Carnival participates in the Rex parade and appears at the annual meeting of the courts event along with the krewe's queen. Some consider this event to be the formal end to New Orleans' Mardi Gras celebrations.Full Answer >
Mardi Gras is an official public holiday in certain places in the United States and across the globe. It is an official state holiday in Louisiana, and Brazil also has made the Carnival celebration an official public holiday.Full Answer >
The king cake is a traditional dessert associated with Mardi Gras or Carnival; the cake takes its name from the Bible story of the Three Kings, who met the baby Jesus in an event now commemorated with the celebration of Epiphany. According to the Manny Randazzo bakery in New Orleans, which has been making king cakes for Mardi Gras since 1965, the cake is a mix between an American coffee cake and a French pastry. These cakes may take different forms in different countries and can be round or ovoid in shape, typically with a hollow center, and, in the United States, are often decorated with white icing or glaze and colored decorations in the New Orleans' Mardi Gras colors of green, gold and purple.Full Answer >