In the U.S. many people only associate Mardi Gras with the city of New Orleans. In fact there are several misconceptions about the history behind the celebration of ‘Fat Tuesday’ as its known in French. New Orleans is not where Mardi Gras originated, you DO NOT have to flash for Beads, and guess what…its NOT the DEVILS birthday! In Fact Mardi Gras became an official Holiday to Christians in 1582 when Pope Gregory XIII sanctioned it and placed it on the 12 month calendar we use today. He placed it on Fat Tuesday, the last night of rich, fatty foods before the ritual of fasting during the Lenten season.* The first Mardi Gras celebration in Mississippi, was in 1699 when French Canadian explorer, Pierre Le Moyne d’Iberville, was led on an expedition to the mouth of the Mississippi River. D’Iberville was credited with bringing the holiday to the Gulf Coast on March 3, 1699 Mardi Gras and named the spot “Point du Mardi Gras” and the traditional French celebrations were introduced to the Americans.

Ok enough with the history lesson….Take a look at the Beautiful People of Biloxi, Mississippi as they celebrate over 300 Years of History, Culture, and Mardi Gras.

“Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler”



Here are a few Myths we thought about Mardi Gras

1. In the United States Mardi Gras is Only celebrated in New Orleans…
I had no clue that the first U.S. Mardi Gras celebration was in Mobile, Alabama in 1703, a city which still hosts a festival season. But there are several U.S. cities & states that recognize Mardi Gras as a Holiday including Galveston, Texas, Biloxi, Mississippi, Mobile, Alabama, Pensacola, Florida, and Port Arthur, Texas.

2. Mardi Gras is only one DAY…
I couldn’t imagine packing a celebration like Mardi Gras into one day…It took two days just for the Mississippi Gulf Coast CVB to prepare us for Fat Tuesday. In most cities Mardi Gras festival season begin days after the new year on January 6th with weekly festivities of carnivals and parades lasting until ‘Fat Tuesday’ or ‘Mardi Gras Day’ the day before Ash Wednesday.

3. Mardi Gras is all about getting Drunk…
The literal translation of Mardi Gras is Fat Tuesday in French, naturally that involves a bit of indulgence, and not entirely the way you’re thinking. Its a time of feast and festivals before the fast.

4. There’s only one way to get beads at a Mardi Gras Parade

The Beads and Breast can bare a bit of confusion. During Mardi Gras the tradition of catching beads is Great Honor, as if by standers are recieving an ancient treasure.
According to Arthur Hardy, the un official expert on Mardi Gras, the Rex krewe began the tradition of “throws” by tossing out inexpensive necklaces of glass beads. The beads were an instant hit and were soon adopted by all the parading krewes. Contrary to what Some believe, no absurd actions are required for attention during these parades. You simply say “Thorw Me Something Mister” and those shiny joyous trinkets come flying through the air.

5. Meaning of Mardi Gras colors….

I can’t honestly say what I thought the Mardi Gras colors represented, but I was very surprised to hear exactly what they meant.

Purple- Justice

Golden – Power

Green – Faith

Stay tuned for more on the Beautiful City of Biloxi, MS

2 Responses

  1. Rebecca

    Wow I learned something lol I really did think Mardi started in New Orleans, and I wouldn’t have believed I didn’t have to flash someone for beads. Seems like you had fun

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