Friday, January 20, 2017

Mardi Gras Fun Facts

   While most of the country is catching their breath from the holiday season, Louisiana is letting the good times roll. It is time for the fun and revelry of the Festival Season commonly known as Mardi Gras. I thought y’all would enjoy learning some fun Mardi Gras facts.
Bentley Basset Hound wishes you a happy Mardi Gras
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• Mardi Gras is French for Fat Tuesday. Although most people refer to the entire festival season as Mardi Gras, it is actually only the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday. It is known as Fat Tuesday because it is the last day to eat, drink and be merry before the Lent season begins.
• The official colors of Mardi Gras are purple, gold and green. Purple represents justice, gold is for power and green symbolizes faith. The colors played a part in LSU’s team colors. When LSU played their first game in New Orleans, the coaches wanted to get some colored ribbon for the team but the stores were stocking for Mardi Gras. They had plenty of purple and gold but the green had not arrived yet. That is why the Tigers are purple and gold. Tulane University chose to use the remaining green color.
Elaborate Mardi Gras floats
• Parades are always exciting with magnificent floats and costumes. If you are lucky, you will leave with lots of colorful beads that are thrown from the float riders. They also toss cups, toys and a local parade even throws hot dogs and Moon Pies.
• It is against the law to ride on a float in New Orleans without a mask.
• Krewes (Pronounced “crews”) are the organizations that host the parades. There are many krewes which mean there are a lot of parades!
Pierre Westie loves participating in Mardi Gras
• Although New Orleans is best known for Mardi Gras, parades are held throughout the state including the Barkus & Meoux Pet Parade in Shreveport. It is just one of several huge parades held locally. You can make your pet a fun Mardi Gras tulle collar like Pierre's with my simple instructions on this YouTube video.
• If you hear someone say, “Laissez les bon temps rouler” it is a celebratory greeting meaning, “Let the good times roll.”
The Returns gang has a wonderful adventure in New Orleans
• My book, The Returns, takes place in New Orleans during Mardi Gras. You can enjoy the sights and sounds of the festival season along with an exciting adventure by downloading a copy today. It is on $2.99 or free if you are a member of Kindle Unlimited.
King cakes are one of the most delicious parts of Mardi Gras
King cakes are a vital part of the festival season. They are shaped like a big donut and sprinkled with purple, green and gold sugar. Hidden inside each cake is a tiny plastic baby Jesus. If you are lucky enough to get the piece with the baby, you will have a year of good luck but are responsible for purchasing the next king cake. They come with a variety of yummy fillings. Many bakeries will ship you a king cake or you can make you own.

Have you ever been to a Mardi Gras parade? Tell us about it in the comments.
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  1. it#s one of the mamas dreams to see a mardi gras pawrade... she would eat her way through all the tasty food from every booth... we can only imagine how that day would end...

  2. Ooooooh, I didn't nose that about the colours....a very interesting post fank you
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

  3. Very cool! We didn't know these facts!

  4. Okay, the one thing you are missing are dates for this year, but we googled it. We though it was at least a few weeks away, but weren't sure. Mom has been to Mardi Gras a few times and said it was quite a wild scene. Enjoy!

  5. Our Mom and Dad HAVE been to New Orleans fur Mardi Gras... while watching One of the pawrades they met a couple who were Furends of the KING of that Pawrade... and those folks got the King to allow Mom and Dad to attend the After Pawrade KINGS FEAST... THAT was a Once in a Lifetime THRILL. The Food was AMAZING, the Band Outstanding, and there was Plenty to Drink. The King even gave them a HUGE HUGE bag of BEADS to bring home and Share... They STILL have some of them.

  6. Get the beads ready! That is one crazy party
    Lily & Edward

  7. Thanks for telling us all that interesting stuff. (That cake looked delicious!)

  8. What cool Mardis Gras facts!!
    Dory, Jakey, Arty & Bilbo

  9. OMG, I love that it's illegal to ride on a float WITHOUT a mask! What a funny law! The pups look ready to laissez les bon temps roulez!

  10. Never been to the Mardis Gras...have had friends who have. The pups look ready for the good times to roll!

  11. I have never seen the parade or been to New Orleans. I do eat like a pig on Fat Tuesday though, indulging in chocolate and Doritos which I give up for Lent.

  12. The catholic cantons of Switzerland celebrate carnival and Mardi-Gras every year. The most famous are Basel, Luzern, Monthey, Sion, Lötschental, Bellinzone and Evolène, but you have more that 150 carnivals in Switzerland. The celebrations begins a few days before Mardi-Gras. It's colorful, noisy, and crazy ! Purrs

  13. Of course we've heard of Mardi Gras, thanks for all the information we did not know

  14. Oh fun to know more about Mardi Gras. Our peeps have nver been but some of our family have
    Mr Bailey, Hazel & Mabel

  15. Love Pierre's collar!! And King Cake is a favorite in our house.

  16. So you're all ready to party? Have fun!

  17. We have never been to Mardi Gras but our Uncle Mark lives in New Orleans and he and his family are there every single year! They love it!

  18. That looks and sounds like so much fun! I didn't know a lot of those interesting!
    Jan, Wag 'n Woof Pets

  19. Mom always wanted to go but then she got old.

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

  20. Hooray for Mardi Gras! Our male human went years ago, and said it was quite the celebration!

  21. Thanks for sharing Mardi Gras with us, fun facts

  22. It's on my bucket list to go to Mardi Gras one day!


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