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TOP 5 Things to Know About Mardi Gras

Here’s a list of the TOP 5 things to know about Mardi Gras!

1. Global Celebration

Known as Mardi Gras to the French Cajuns of Louisiana, other traditionally Catholic countries also have age-old traditions in celebrations of the weeks leading up to Ash Wednesday, or the beginning of Lent.

2. Family Event

Despite what you many think, Mardi Gras is not just for adults. Apparently, that myth is largely fueled by drunken tourists unaccustomed to New Orleans’ style partying.

3. Costumes

Costumes are to Mardi Gras what cheese is to pizza. It is encouraged to wear one, or at least to accessorize with lots of sparkles and feathers.

4. Legal Holiday

Although it may seem like a day of illegal activity, Mardi Gras is actually a legal holiday in Louisiana, and has been since 1875, when Governor Warmoth signed the “Mardi Gras Act.”

5. Bead Throwing

In the 1920's throwing beads from floats became such a huge hit. The significance is really the colors of the beads. The Purple represents justice, the Green - faith and the Gold means power.

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