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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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Nouveau-Jackie-O Nouveau-Jackie-O 8 years
I have to respectfully disagree (being a Louisiana native);) While New Orleans isn't the only place in the Gulf States where it is celebrated, it has definitely become the home of modern day Mardi Gras in the U.S. Actually, neither New Orleans or Mobile invented the celebration, it was the Romans. Their festival was called Lupercus. Then MG circulated throughout Europe, adding different traditions, spread to America (New Orleans) thanks to Sir Iberville and other French Settlers (who settled in both N'awlinz & Mobile):)
EvilDorkGirl EvilDorkGirl 8 years
Oh, but Casasugar, New Orleans isn't the home of Mardi Gras! Mobile, Alabama is. I grew up there, and we invented Mardi Gras and are very, very proud of the fact. It's been almost 10 years since I've lived there but I miss it, especially today! I love your picks though... the fleur de lis stuff is very N'awlins.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
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