Six Things You Didn’t Know About Mardi Gras

What do you think about when you hear the phrase “Mardi Gras”? Insanity? Debauchery? General toplessness?

Well, I’m not going to say that’s all false. But the last one definitely is. Keep reading to find out the top six things you didn’t know about Mardi Gras.

SIX Things you didn’t know about Mardi Gras:

  1. Groups: Mardi Gras is made up of a bunch of little groups. Each group is responsible for a parade and a formal ball. In New Orleans, they’re call Krewes.
  2. Parades: There are epic parades on the streets. Think about any parade you’ve been to in Denver and multiply it by about ten. People arrive early to stake out their spots and have a few drinks (err, maybe more), hang out, and take it all in. The parades floats are huge, and are taken really seriously.
  3. Beads: You’ve heard that to get beads you have to flash? SO false. I can’t even tell you how false that is. Every once in a while some creep will try to get you to flash. But you literally roll your eyes and move on. It’s SO much fun getting beads.
  4. Formal Balls: Guys wear tuxes, ladies wear floor-length dresses – and it’s strictly enforced. Multiple concert stages, all you can eat and drink. Amazing. Even though I’ve been to Mardi Gras five times, this was the first year I got to go to a ball!
  5. Not Just New Orleans: Mardi Gras is all over the South! It actually started in Mobile, AL, which is where we went this year. Mobile is also where I was born and went to college. It was such a blast.
  6. More than Fat Tuesday: Mardi Gras is a season – not a day. The parades and balls go on for weeks – not just one day.

I’ve only been to five Mardi Gras, so I’m far from an expert, but even I could probably write another twenty things about Mardi Gras you didn’t know!

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  1. sarah F

    I totally just learned something new, I had no idea about these things. Ive never been to Mardi Gras but I sure would love to

  2. Laura Pearson

    Isn’t it funny how the meanings of things get so skewed over time. Like telephone when my parents were young with the string and cans – LOL. Thanks for all the correct information on the meaning of Mardi Gras.

  3. twinspirationalparties

    Thank for sharing! We’ve only celebrated Mardi Gras in NYC, but we know how to make a killer King Cake! Love that Mardi Gras dessert.

  4. Samantha

    This definitely taught me some new things about Mardi Gras! I’ve been dying to visit NOLA again, one day i’ll make it back down for Mardi Gras and indulge in a King Cake!

  5. Teresa Woodhull

    I had no idea Mardi Gras was celebrated all over the south! I’ve only been once and I hardly remember it, but I know it was a blast! 😉

  6. Jennifer M Outlaw

    New Orleans is on my list as one of those places that I MUST go see. Mardis Gras seems like so much and I love all the colors. Thanks for sharing all this inside info.

  7. Erin Witt Photography

    I have never been to New Orleans but I have heard so many good things about it! After reading this, I definitely feel another push to plan a trip there. I really enjoyed reading this and learning more about Mardi Gras…you learn something new everyday!

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