Mardi Gras is all about music, parades, picnics, floats and so much excitement! Party goers know to dress in costumes of green, gold and purple and wear their colored beads that have been collected from the past celebration. Many colored beads are thrown from the parade floats and kept all year long. Traditionally, there are roots stemming all the way back to Medieval Europe for this holiday. Eventually, New Orleans became the American destination for Mardi Gras, and the city explodes each year with visitors from all over the world. Mardi Gras brings people together – whether you’re friends or family, there’s so much fun to be had. And you don’t have to travel all the way to Louisiana – many cities have their own celebrations, and you can even have your own!
Checking the Date and Making Plans
This year, Mardi Gras Day begins February 25th. Fat Tuesday is on the last day of the Carnival Season. Check out more information here on this celebration.
Celebrating with Friends
Gather your friends for a fun mid-winter holiday celebration full of bright colors, elaborate dishes and lots and lots of beads. Encourage everybody to wear costumes or dress with the Mardi Gras colors, gold, green and purple. Create a “Mask” station so friends can create their own fun and funky mask! Here are some great ideas.
Games and Trivia
Mardi Gras themed games are very fun, such as a pinata filled with beads and candy. More challenging games include trivia questions or scavenger hunst. Prizes are given for winners to add to the fun. To add to the celebration, engage party guest in bead games and capture the spirit of “Fat Tuesday”. Click here to see more ideas!