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Mardi gras History of Mardi Gras Parades While beads, costumes, and King Cakes are all great additions to Mardi Gras, the Carnival season wouldn't be where it was today without its famous parades rolling through the streets of New Orleans and in other cities throughout South and all over the world. However, have you ever wondered what was behind the parades: how they got started, what they represent, and when and why they are held? All of the answers to these questions are at the heart of what makes Mardi Gras celebrations so important. Understanding the significance of the Carnival parade history, will enable one to appreciate how Mardi Gras is much more than just a few weeks of excitement and sanctioned debauchery.

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Mardi gras The Importance of the King Cake The King Cake is one of the most important items associated with Mardi Gras celebrations, both in the city and wherever Mardi Gras parties are held, that most Mardi Gras rookies will overlook in their preparations. This is a shame since the King Cake is one of the most delicious and culturally significant items that have been associated with Mardi Gras celebrations from the very beginning.

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New Orleans Super Krewe History of Krewes Have you ever wondered who the lucky people are that get to ride on the floats through the streets of New Orleans during Mardi Gras? No, they didn't win the Mardi Gras lottery but are a part of a tradition that is as old as Mardi Gras itself in that they are a member of a Krewe.Every parade in New Orleans' Mardi Gras celebration, and there are about sixty of them each year, is sponsored by a Krewe. While there are literally dozens of Krewes, each with their own rules and traditions, there is a general framework that binds them together: each Krewe must hold a parade which includes floats or bands; they have to hold a ball; and most importantly they have to have the Mardi Gras celebration be its main purpose. Over the years many more rules have been established for the Krewes to follow but those are the golden three. And from those three rules dozens of Krewes have been established to represent the various sectors of society that come together to celebrate Mardi Gras.

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Mardi gras The latest economic impact report (2000) indicates that Mardi Gras generates more than one billion dollars in annual spending. The 2001 Carnival season included 53 parades in a three-parish (county) area and featured a total of 1,061 floats, 588 marching bands, 3,750 total parade units and more than 135,000 participants. The combined parade routes covered 301 miles and the processions were on the street for 204 hours.


MARDI GRAS FAQ Q: How does Mardi Gras benefit the New Orleans economy?A: Economic impact reports indicate that Mardi Gras generates over $1 billion in annual spending. Q: How is the City government involved?A: City governments are not involved in coordinating Mardi Gras parades.  The governments issue parade permits, but that is the extent of their involvement.  Krewes independently schedule and coordinate their own parades. Q: Are Carnival and Mardi Gras the same thing?A: Don't confuse Carnival and Mardi Gras! Carnival refers to the period of feasting and fun which always begins on January 6th, The Feast of the Epiphany.  Mardi Gras refers to Fat Tuesday, the final day of revelry before Ash Wednesday, when Lent begins. Q: Why does Mardi Gras fall on different dates each year?A: The date of Mardi Gras changes every year because it's connected to Easter, which can fall on any Sunday between March 23 and April 25.  Mardi Gras is scheduled to be 47 days before Easter. Q: When was the first Mardi Gras?A: The first Mardi Gras parade was held in New Orleans on February 24, 1857 by the Krewe of Comus.  They began the tradition of presenting a parade with floats and following it with a ball for the krewe and their guests Q: Why are masks worn?A: By law, float riders must always have a mask on.  On Fat Tuesday, masking is legal for everyone else, and the elaborate masks that some wear add to the fun

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In the 80's Mardi Gras gained 27 new parades and lost 19. St. Bernard Parish suffered a net loss of parades while Jefferson and St. Tammany Parish experienced continued growth. By the end of the decade Jefferson Parish was experiencing an attendance rate of 600,000 people at its parades on Fat Tuesday. The 1980's were were good times for Mardi Gras. In 1987 Rex brought back the custom of Lundi Gras, the arrival of the Rex King on the Mississippi River which had been celebrated from 1874 through 1917. The traditional tableau ball, however, lost popularity. Once considered essential, only 10 krewes continued the tradition of masked balls by the end of the decade. Doubloons also lost some of their popularity when several krewes stopped producing them.

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In 1950 the Duke and Duchess of Windsor visited New Orleans during Mardi Gras. They honored the New Orleans Mardi Gras tradition by bowing to kings of Rex and Comus at the Comus ball. The Korean War put a damper on festivities in 1951, but several krewes joined forces to parade as the Krewe of Patria on Mardi Gras day. The Fifties also saw the replacement of mule drawn floats with ones drawn by tractors and the formation of several new krewes including Zeus. Zeus was the first krewe to parade in Metairie. In 1961 Pete Fountain founded the Half-Fast Walking Club, an immediate hit with the crowds. Zulu came under pressure from portions of the black community who thought the krewe presented an undignified image. The king resigned and the parade was almost cancelled, but Zulu survived and was a main attraction by 1969. The Sixties ended with the debut of Bacchus. Bacchus aimed to bring national attention to Mardi Gras with gigantic floats and a Hollywood celebrity (Danny Kaye) riding as its king. Bacchus replaced the traditional ball with a supper to which tickets could be purchased by visitors and locals.

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