New Orleans Mardi Gras 2023

Posted by | February 13, 2023 .

The NFL Season has officially come to an end and in New Orleans we get ready for Mardi Gras. Mardi Gras 2023 kicks off on Friday February 17, with Fat Tuesday falling on February 21, 2023.

Mardi Gras Colors:

The official flag of Mardi Gras features the traditional colors of the Carnival: purple, gold and green. Meaning of colors:

Purple – Justice
Gold – Power
Green – Faith

The traditional colors of Mardi Gras are purple, green, and gold. These colors are said to have been chosen by Grand Duke Alexis Alexandrovitch Romanoff of Russia during a visit to New Orleans in 1872.

When planning out your Mardi Gras costume, don’t forget to incorporate these 3 super colors of Mardi Gras! Don’t worry if you didn’t pack your purple onesie, though – it won’t take long before you’re decked out in beads from friendly fellow party-goers at the parades!

Beads and Throws:

Beads and Throws are a huge part of Mardi Gras fun each year! Strings of beads and toys have been thrown from floats to parade-goers since at least the late 19th century. Until the 1960s, the most common throws were strings of glass beads. These were eventually replaced by cheaper metallic beads, and now flashier throws are common.

Today, fiber optic beads and LED-powered prizes are among the most sought-after items. Krewes have also started to produce limited edition beads and plush toys that are unique to the krewe. In a retro-inspired twist, glass beads have returned to parades and are now one of the most valuable throws.

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Feathered Masks:

A Mardi Gras mask is an absolute essential item of the Carnival! Make one of your own or pick one up from one of the many vendors on Bourbon Street. Make sure to get one with purple, gold and green feathers to give it that extra special Carnival flair.

Hiding your face behind a Mardi Gras mask allows you to play a totally different role, it gives you the liberty to assume another personality. It is symbolic and magical, anonymous and mysterious!

Historically, masks were worn to cover the identity of secret society members and the richer folk. Now, as then, wearing a mask can cover a lot of atypical behavior that may shock the neighbors.

– New Orleans Lingo

The people of New Orleans have a very special tradition – their own language. Its tone, lilt, and slang are indigenous to this city and reflect its ethnic history and tradition. New Orleans is part of the deep south, but you won’t find much of a stereotypical southern drawl; in fact, there are several distinctive dialects. One of the most surprising is a Brooklynese style heard in the 9th Ward, Irish Channel, and Chalmette sections of New Orleans. Little or no French is spoken by the majority of folks in New Orleans, but common parlance isn’t without French influence. Aside from having everyday words and expressions that aren’t used elsewhere in the States, New Orleanians throughout the city give meaning to and pronounce certain words their own way.

Most Popular Terms:

Bayou (by’ you)
Slow stream, or body of water running through a marsh or swamp.

Cajun (kay’ jun)
French Acadians who settled here after immigrating from Canada.

Creole (cree’ ole)
Descendents of French, Spanish, and Carribean slaves and natives; has also come to mean any person whose ancestry derives from the Caribbean’s mixed nationalities.

Doubloons (duh bloons’)
Aluminum coins stamped with a parade krewe’s insignia and theme.

King cake
Extra-large oval doughnut pastry dusted with colored candied sugar. A plastic baby doll is hidden inside the cake–the lucky person who gets the piece of cake with the doll inside (and doesn’t break a tooth or swallow it in the process!) buys the king cake for the next party of the Mardi Gras season.

Lagniappe (lan’ yap)
Something extra that you didn’t pay for–thrown in to sweeten the deal–like a baker’s dozen.
Laissez les bons temps rouler (Lazay Lay Bon Tom Roulay)
Let the good times roll.

Mardi Gras
Fat Tuesday, the day before Lent…The day to celebrate before the traditional Catholic tradition of sacrificing and fasting during the 40 days of Lent.

Praline (Praw’ leen)
Brown sugar pecan-filled candy patty. (Very sweet and so delicious you can’t eat just one!)

Shaved ice (nearly powder) served with flavored syrups. Those of you in the north might throw ’em…we eat ’em!

Trinkets such as beads, cups, and doubloons tossed from the floats to the crowds during Mardi Gras parades.

Big Easy Mafia
The Official fan club of the New Orleans Saints

“Who Dat?”
A chant for New Orleans Saints fans: “Who dat? Who dat? Who dat say dey gonna beat dem Saints?”

Mardi Gras Mafia
The Mardi Gras Fanatics and hard core partygoers

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