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Mardi Gras is music, parades, picnics, floats, excitement ... and one big holiday in New Orleans! Everyone is wearing purple, green, and gold, the traditional Mardi Gras colors. I'll post in a few Mardi Gras photos here and there all the way up to Fat Tuesday.
New Orleans has celebrated this carnival for a very long time but it was not until 1872, the year that a group of businessmen invented a King of Carnival - 'Rex' - to parade in the first daytime parade, that the celebrations started to become traditions. The businessmen introduced the Mardi Gras colors of purple, green and gold. There is also a Mardi Gras song, and a Mardi Gras flag.
We can trace the origins of Mardi Gras to Medival Europe, but the origins of the Mardi Gras we celebrate today are strictly New Orleans!