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Roundup: Mardi Gras Madness

Happy Mardi Gras! The yearly celebration in New Orleans ends officially tonight, the day before Lent begins on the Christian calender. While the people in NOLA have surely been decorating the streets with beads, floats, crawfish, costumes, doubloons, and beverages galore, I thought I'd have a go at decorating our homes Mardi Gras style. The official colors of Mardi Gras were chosen in 1872 by the Grand Duke Alexis Alexandrovitch Romanoff of Russia during a visit to New Orleans, and reaffirmed at the first daytime parade, Rex. Mardi Gras's symbolic colors include purple (justice), green (faith), and gold (power). The Mardi Gras flag also features a crown, another symbol of power. Beyond that the fleur-de-lys is an iconic symbol of New Orleans, and undoubtedly makes many appearances in NOLA during this holiday. So, I thought I'd roundup a few furnishings for you incorporating these historical symbols. Don't go overboard and snatch them all up: A few accessories will add just enough festivity to your home. To see my finds,



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