From Twelfth Night to Fat Tuesday
King cake and “baubles”
Themes, maids, dukes, queens and kings
Mystic realm erupts
From infants to grands
Glitter, feathers, paint and stones
Royal colors explode
World party on us
Masks, costumes, doubloons and throws
Purple, green and gold
“Throw me something, Mister
Lent fast ends it all!
Mardi Gras is in my blood, in my spirit and in my soul!!! I was raised on the celebrations and magical aura surrounding this time of year since I was born. I have been on the “street side” of Mardi Gras and the “Royalty side” of Mardi Gras. My dad was “King” of two Men’s Carnival Krewes, as well as my mother was “Queen” of two Women’s Carnival Krewes. I have been a “page” to the Queen, a “Maid” in two men’s Krewes, and a “Queen” in three. My sister has been a “page”, “Maid” and “Queen”. My brothers have been “pages” to the “King” ; and one has been “Duke” on Royal Courts. It is all in the family. Mardi Gras is the greatest free party and celebration for the public, as the members of the Men and Women organizations “foot” the bill for costumes, floats, as well as doubloons, beads, candy and trinkets. As fun as it is to participate and observe from the “street”, it is a blast to be on the floats “throwing” to the crowds. Love the sound of “Throw me something, Mister” or “Throw me something, Lady!” Contrary to the media, it is a family celebration, enjoyed by all. Purple, Green and Gold, indeed RULE at this time. Happy Mardi Gras Day!! ~~ Laissez les bon temps rouler! ~~
“I have trouble explaining to out-of-towners why people here spend $1,000 to wear a mask so no one knows who they are, and then give away things to people they’ve never met. But I guess it’s an opportunity for everybody to play Santa Claus. That’s at the heart of it.” ~~~ Arthur Hardy
Happy Mardi Gras!
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