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Mardi Gras in New Orleans
Timing
 Official start of Mardi Gras season is January 6th
 Finishes at midnight on Fat Tuesday (Mardi Gras
Day)
 Spora...
A brief history
 The date of the first celebration is unclear, but
probably in the early 1700s, with music, dancing,
mask...
Krewes
 Old Line Krewes: Comus, Momus, Proteus.
 Super Krewes: Endymion, Bacchus, Orpheus.
 Popular Krewes: Muses, d’Et...
Parades
 Every parade has a theme
 Many krewes make use of satire
 Parades consists of floats, marching bands,
Flambeau...
Parades
Parades
 Throws: beads, cups, doubloons, stuffed animals,
 Costumes and masks (link)
 Specialty Throws
 Most parades c...
Parades
Mardi Gras Day
 Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club
 Predominantly African American krewe
 Signature throw: Coconut
 Dis...
Mardi Gras Day
 Rex: King of Carnival
 Parade follows Zulu with traditional throws
 Mostly composed of older, white res...
End of Mardi Gras
 The meeting of the courts of Rex and Comus
 The official closing of Bourbon St at midnight
True/False Comprehension
 Mardi Gras in New Orleans begins on New Year’s
Day
 There is only one parade route in New Orle...
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Mardi Gras

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This is the story of Carnival, which is to say, Mardi Gras in New Orleans

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Mardi Gras

  1. 1. Mardi Gras in New Orleans
  2. 2. Timing  Official start of Mardi Gras season is January 6th  Finishes at midnight on Fat Tuesday (Mardi Gras Day)  Sporadic parades begin January 6th and become very concentrated about two weeks before Mardi Gras day
  3. 3. A brief history  The date of the first celebration is unclear, but probably in the early 1700s, with music, dancing, masking, and costuming.  1833: The first official celebration was held  1856: founding of the Mystick Krewe of Comus  1875: Mardi Gras recognized as an official state holiday.  1991: Krewes forced to integrate
  4. 4. Krewes  Old Line Krewes: Comus, Momus, Proteus.  Super Krewes: Endymion, Bacchus, Orpheus.  Popular Krewes: Muses, d’Etat, Hermes, Thoth, Knights of Chaos  Rex: King of Carnival  Zulu
  5. 5. Parades  Every parade has a theme  Many krewes make use of satire  Parades consists of floats, marching bands, Flambeaux carriers, specialty vehicles, dance teams
  6. 6. Parades
  7. 7. Parades  Throws: beads, cups, doubloons, stuffed animals,  Costumes and masks (link)  Specialty Throws  Most parades culminate with a ball  Celebrity monarchs
  8. 8. Parades
  9. 9. Mardi Gras Day  Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club  Predominantly African American krewe  Signature throw: Coconut  Disrupts the traditional Rex parade that follows
  10. 10. Mardi Gras Day  Rex: King of Carnival  Parade follows Zulu with traditional throws  Mostly composed of older, white residents of New Orleans  Receives key to city
  11. 11. End of Mardi Gras  The meeting of the courts of Rex and Comus  The official closing of Bourbon St at midnight
  12. 12. True/False Comprehension  Mardi Gras in New Orleans begins on New Year’s Day  There is only one parade route in New Orleans  Food is commonly thrown from parades during Mardi Gras  Mardi Gras Krewes were forced to integrate in 1991  The signature “throw” of Zulu is a decorated coconut  Parade riders aren´t allowed to wear masks  The king of Carnival is announced on January 6th

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