What to Celebrate this Week: MARDI GRAS!

by Stefanie on February 16, 2010

Mardi Gras came to New Orleans through French heritage in 1699. Mardi Gras literally means “Fat Tuesday” and is always on a Tuesday, 47 days before Easter.

Mardi Gras beadsBEADS: The tradition of throwing trinkets to the crowds during Mardi Gras parades was initiated in the early 1870’s by the Twelfth Night Revelers. The most popular throws today include beaded necklaces. PartyLand has loads of beautiful beads you can give as favors, use to decorate your home and yourself!

Mardi Gras King CakeTHE KING CAKE: This oval shaped cake, made from rich dough is covered with sugar in the traditional Mardi Gras colors. The colorful toppings represent a crown in honor of the Three Wise Men.

The King Cake tradition is believed to be dated back to Twlefth Century France. A cake was used to celebrate the coming of the Magi bearing gifts for the Christ Child. For this Holy Day, a tiny plastic baby (symbolic of the baby Jesus) is placed inside each King Cake. PartyLand now has a large section of cake decorating supplies!

QUEEN of MARDI GRAS: In 1871, the tradition of choosing the Queen of Mardi Gras was determined by who found the baby Jesus in the cake. Today, it is still a sign of good luck and is customary for the person who discovers the baby to host the King Cake Party next year. Don’t forget to pick up some plastic babies from PartyLand for your King Cake this year!

COLORS: The official colors of Mardi Gras were chosen in 1872 by the King of Carnival, Rex. Purple for Justice, Green for faith and Gold for power. Decorating is easy at PartyLand with balloons, streamers, beads, masks and tons more in these colors!

Mardi Gras Queen Feather MaskGAME: The King and Queen of Bourbon Street
Place your guests names in two hats; one for men and one for women. Choose a name from each hat and crown the chosen guests as the King and Queen, then seat them in rolling chairs. Parade them around the party throwing beads at the other Mardi Gras guests!

Laissez le bon temps roulette!
(Let the good times roll!)

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Sherlee February 17, 2010 at 11:29 pm

Hey thanks! You make Mardi Gras sound fun instad of sleazy! Mmmm I will def be trying a King Cake!

jess February 17, 2010 at 11:31 pm

I always forget about Mardi Gras, but this year we had a tiny celebration so thanks for the reminder!

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