While not observed nationally throughout the United States, a number of cities
and regions in the country have notable celebrations. Mardi Gras arrived in
North America as a sedate French Catholic tradition with the Le Moyne
brothers, Pierre Le Moyne d’Iberville and Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de
Bienville, in the late 17th century, when King Louis XIV sent the
pair to defend France’s claim on the territory of Louisiane, which included what are now the
U.S. states of Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana.
The expedition, led by Iberville, entered the mouth of the Mississippi
River on the evening of March 2, 1699, Lundi Gras, not yet knowing it was the river
explored and claimed for France by René-Robert Cavelier,
Sieur de La Salle in 1683. The party proceeded upstream to a place on the
west bank about 60 miles downriver from where New Orleans is today, where a small tributary
emptied into the great river, and made camp. This was on March 3, 1699, Mardi
Gras day, so in honor of this holiday, Iberville named the spot Point du Mardi Gras (French:
“Mardi Gras Point”) and called the small tributary Bayou Mardi Gras. Bienville went on to found
the settlement of Mobile, Alabama in 1702 as the first capital of French
Louisiana, and in 1703 the
Mardi Gras tradition began with celebrations by the French settlers in that
city. By 1720, Biloxi had been made capital of Louisiana.
The French customs were introduced there at that time. In 1723, the capital of Louisiana was moved
to New Orleans, founded in
1718. The tradition there
expanded to the point that it became synonymous with that city, and closely
associated with the slogan Laissez les bon temps rouler and
the nickname Big
Easy. In more recent times
several other U.S. cities without a French Catholic heritage have instituted the
celebration of Mardi Gras.
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Mardi Gras just happened right? Still going on? I’m really not very sure about Mardi Gras and all the details.
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This was taken from Wikipedia.
So, Mardi Gras is over but the fun doesn’t have to be. Do you like party masks? I do, of course, I told you in my last Annie’s Costume giveaway that I love costumes. I have this beautiful dress that my grandmother made for me. She made the top bodice piece of the dress completely by hand. It is beautiful. She cursed me and said she would never make me another dress again, (she still loves me) It was a lot of work, anyways, I love to wear a mask with it. In the past I made one by hand, so i would have loved to have gotten a mask from Annie’s Costumes.
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