Mardi Gras! by Selena “the Queen” Hernandez c/o 13

It’s that time of the year again, Mardi Gras is back. The time everyone goes to New Orleans or Galveston Island and has a big party in the streets. Most of the time, these people don’t even know what they’re celebrating for. Mardi Gras in french means “Fat Tuesday” referring to the last night of eating richer, fatty food before the lent season. Mardi Gras celebration usually starts before ash Wednesday.

In 1892, there was a parade called Rex. The symbolic colors were purple, green, and yellow. The purple symbolized justice, green symbolized faith, and the yellow symbolized power. Mardi Gras came to America in 1966 with the french explorer Ibberville.

In some cities, it’s called Mardi Gras Day or Fat Tuesday. Mardi Gras had been celebrated in Paris since the middle ages, where it was a major holiday. New Orleans is known as the place to go to celebrate Mardi Gras. It is one big holiday and the whole city celebrates it.

During Mardi Gras, all of the businesses and roads are practically shut down. Therefore, no one drives, everyone just walks around discovering new things and meeting new people. Galveston Island Texas, also celebrates it but not as big as New Orleans in my opinion. I’m just learning about Mardi Gras myself now that I’m writing this.

I didn’t go and party but I went with the Milby Marching Thunder Band (MMTB) to dance in the parade with the Charlies Angels. This year I’m going to see what it’s all about and at least now I’m going with some kind of knowledge on the meaning and history of Mardi Gras.

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