Did you know that one of the most fun things about Mardi Gras is discovering the history and fascinating traditions? To make planning your Mardi Gras trip even enjoyable, we dug up some interesting facts to share – some we didn't even know ourselves until today! Enjoy and book your vacation now.
DYKthe first Mardi Gras beads were thrown by Santa in parade in the early 1900s?
DYKit’s actually illegal to ride on float without a mask or paint on your face? They say this was because they wanted to encourage people to mingle outside their social circles.
DYKthat, even though Mardi Gras has been celebrated since pagan times, Pope Gregory XIII didn't make it official in 1582 when he put it on his Gregorian calendar?
DYKthe first celebrity monarch of a Mardi Gras parade was Louis Armstrong, King Zulu 1949?
DYKthe Mardi Gras king cake goes back as far back as the 1600s? Originally, a pea or a bean was hidden in the purple, green and gold confection but today’s king cakes mostly contain a baby symbolizing the baby Jesus.
DYKin England, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, and even Canada, Mardi Gras is known as “Pancake Day” and is celebrated with the eating of pancakes and by participating in pancake-themed activities?
DYKthat the Krewe of Mid-City, famous for their foil covered floats, was also the first parade to introduce animation to carnival floats?
DYKthe Zulu coconut, the “Golden Nugget,” was the first “signature throw”? In 1987 the state legislature actually passed the "Coconut Bill" to clear Zulu from liability for alleged injuries to those in the crowd. Today Zulu coconuts are handed down, not thrown from floats, and even then only from riders on the bottom decks.
DYKthere are Muses shoes, Nyx purses, Alla Genie Lamps, Iris sunglasses, and Tucks decorated toilet brushes? The king of Tucks actually sits upon a toilet throne as he rides through the city!
DYKmany Best New Orleans Hotels still have rooms available for the weekend parades leading up to Fat Tuesday? Come join the fun! Book now!