5 Tips for Celebrating Mardi Gras Right
Mardi Gras (also know as "Fat Tuesday") is one of the most unique traditions and celebrations in the U.S., with origins dating back to 17th century France. This event is celebrated every year in New Orleans on the day before Ash Wednesday, which is the first day of Lent. We can't get enough of the masks, floats, music, and food that encompass the Mardi Gras spirit.
Below are some of our favorite Mardi Gras tips and links to help you immerse yourself in this amazing tradition and celebrate!
1. Dress Up Your Pet
Even if you can't make it to the Annual Mardi Gras Beggin’ Pet Parade, you can still turn your furry friend into a real party animal by dressing him or her for Mardi Gras. Check out these photos of dogs in their best Mardi Gras attire over on Buzzfeed to have a laugh and find ideas for your pets.
2. Throw A Party
Need an excuse to throw a party? Then Fat Tuesday is the perfect combination of food, music, and fun. This post shares tips for mask-making, party trivia, themed table settings, menus and more. You can also find some amazing suggestions for Mardi Gras music on this playlist from Punch Bowl.
3. Cook Up A Southern-Themed Storm
Our favorite part about Mardi Gras may be the sumptuous Southern cuisine that the New Orleans area is known for. Whip up some gumbo, jambalaya, po' boys or fried okra. Epicurious has some wonderful recipe ideas, as does Southern Living magazine. Remember that picnics are a big part of the tradition down South, so consider packing up your meal and enjoying some outdoors time on a picnic with friends.
Set the tone with purple, gold, and green colors for your party.
4. Wear Mardi Gras Temporary Tattoos
Of course we look for any excuse we can find to throw on some temporary tattoos. We love these gorgeous Mardi Gras-themed temporary tattoos, which capture the bright, feathery look of the festivities. These tattoos are easy to apply and create an elegant look for Mardi Gras or for costume parties and events. If you love these mask tattoos, then you'll also want to check out these day of the dead-themed temporary face tattoos too.
5. Dive Into Mardi Gras History
Have you ever wondered why people wear masks, throw beads, and wear certain colors during these festivities? Find out all about the history of Mardi Gras, from its European roots to its modern incarnation at the official website for this event. One of the coolest parts about the celebration are the Mardi Gras Indians, a secretive tradition that originated in New Orleans African-American community and continues to this day.