History Of Mardi Gras

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It's time to dress up in your best Purple, Green and Gold gear, get your favorite mask and celebrate, MARDI GRAS.

A tradition for 158 years now, Mardi Gras brings in an estimated $1 billion in revenue to the city of New Orleans. WOW.

So what's this whole event about? The official website says, "Mardi Gras is about music, parades, picnics, floats and excitement."

But what does History have to say about it?

According to historians, Mardi Gras dates back thousands of years to pagan celebrations of spring and fertility, including the raucous Roman festivals of Saturnalia and Lupercalia.

When Christianity arrived in Rome, religious leaders decided to incorporate these popular local traditions into the new faith, an easier task than abolishing them altogether.

As a result, the excess and debauchery of the Mardi Gras season became a prelude to Lent, the 40 days of penance between Ash Wednesday and Easter Sunday.

Today, Mardi Gras is marketed as a family friendly, fun event where folks can throw balls, catch beads, listening to music, dance, eat great food and, of course, people watch.

Sounds fun.

source:

History.com

MardiGrasNewOrleans.com

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