Mardi Gras Traditions You Might Not Know About

The real reason behind the colors, masks, and krewes

Mardi Gras may have earned a reputation for being a wildly festive time of year in New Orleans, but there’s lots of tradition rooted in history. Have you ever noticed that the colors green, gold , and are featured extensively during the festival? That’s because of krewe of Rex selected these particular colors in 1872, as they represent faith, power, and justice, respectively. As for krewes, they’re social groups that help sponsor and promote each Mardi Gras season. In the past, they were comprised of all men, but today include women, with the most famous krewes being the Krewe of Rex and the Krewe of Zulu. Another interesting tradition is the use of masks. Anyone who has the privilege of riding on a Mardi Gras float (except for celebrities and krewe members) is required by law to wear a mask to conceal his or her face.



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