Mardi Gras Madness!

mardi gras madnessMardi Gras is finally upon us, with dawn-to-dusk partying and good times for everyone. While this bright and cheerful celebration is most widely know in regards to the parties and parades in New Orleans, Louisiana, it’s actually an international celebration. We’re going to give a little background on this colorful celebration, and share some of our favorite auctions for the occasion. So grab your jester hats, get a slice of King Cake, and join us.

Mad About Mardi Gras

  • The festival dates back thousands of years. Originally, it was a celebration of fertility.
  • Some of the biggest Mardi Gras parties are held in Brazil and Venice, Italy. Typically, though, it is celebrated globally in communities with a large Roman Catholic population.
  • When Christianity spread through Europe, the festival was adopted as a prelude to the eventual Easter celebrations.
  • It is believed that the festival was first celebrated in America back in 1699, when French explorers landed in what is now Louisiana, just south of modern-day New Orleans.
  • In the USA, only Louisiana recognizes the carnival as a legal holiday.
  • Mardi Gras is also known as “Shrove Tuesday,” which is derived from a word meaning “confess.”
  • Typically, the celebrations last more than one day. It is tradition that Mardi Gras is observed starting from the end of the Christmas season (January 6th) to the start of the Roman Catholic season of Lent (which immediately precedes Easter).

Do you celebrate Mardi Gras every year, or do you come from a region that has large festivals and parades every year? Have you been to one of the celebrations in the past that you enjoyed? Let us know in the comments section! We love feedback from our readers. Until next time, good luck, and happy bidding!


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