Mardi Gras Now On This Blogger’s Bucket List
Mardi Gras! New Orleans, masks, costumes, parties, drinking, beer, beads and of course boobs. But what puts Mardi Gras and this blogger’s bucket list? I want the experience of submersing myself into a culture that is totally positive energy. What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, but Mardi Gras, well that shit only comes once a year.
Celebrated every February, people from all over the world flock to New Orleans, Louisiana to join in the Mardi Gras festivities. According to Mardi Gras New Orleans, the origin of Mardi Gras can be traced back to Medieval Europe, although in America we have a way of completely reforming celebrations into our own. Take the examples of Saint Patty’s Day and the 5th of May known as Cinco De Mayo.
Where does it come from? French-Canadian explorer Jean Baptiste Le Moyne Sieur de Bienville (couldn’t name a holiday after that name now could ya?) landed 60 miles south of what is now known as New Orleans in 1699. What did he name it? Well Pointe due Mardi Gras of course! Mardi Gras is French for “Fat Tuesday”, meaning the day that all Catholics gorge themselves on fatty foods and sinful pleasures before the beginning of Ash Wednesday, which of course marks the 40 days of lent.
When you have to give something up for 40 days, it is only natural that you get as much out of your system as you can the night before. Hence, American Mardi Gras. Having its roots in medieval Europe however, the celebration features a traditional costume ball, resided over by a king and a queen.
Beads are thrown, masks are worn and debauchery is expected. I gotta say this, New Orleans Mardi Gras looks like my kind of place for the simple fact that anything goes, and its great energy and everyone is there to just enjoy life. Belgium, India, Canada and Brazil also celebrate Mardi Gras, although they refer to it as a Carnival (Latin word: Carne vale or “Farewell to Meat”).
Whether you celebrate Mardi Gras or Carnival to get through the 40 days of Lent, the experience of it is sure to be one that lasts you a lifetime. But remember, Go Pro and go Mardi Gras!!!!