7 facts about Mardi Gras and Carnival

Good evening Caribbean lovers and happy Mardi Gras!

Hope everyone is enjoying some festivities. I already had my paczki today! For those that do not know, a paczki is a Polish tradition and it is basically a jelly filled doughnut that you eat on Fat Tuesday. Yum! We know that New Orleans is probably hoppin’ right now and some Caribbean islands have been enjoying Carnival celebrations since Feast of the Epiphany which was January 6th. People have been asking me if there is a difference between Mardi Gras and Carnival? The answer is no. Carnival always starts on the Feast of the Epiphany and goes till Lent while Mardi Gras is basically a single concluding day of Carnival. Enough about the history lets get to some fun facts!

♥Mardi Gras is French for Fat Tuesday.

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Photo from Eater.com, Traditional Paczki

♥Mardi Gras celebrations originated by the Italian Catholics in Europe. It then Spread to the Spanish and French who, as they settled on islands like Trinidad, Dominica, Haiti, and Martinique, they brought the celebrations there and since then it transformed into the Carnival celebrations we see today.

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Photo from Bajantube.com, Carnival Celebrations

♥Mobile, Alabama held the first Mardi Gras celebration in the United States.

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♥In St. Thomas, USVI, the festival features “mocko jumbies” or festive stilt walkers. Mocko Jumbie is considered a spirit, protector, or seeker. They are viewed as symbols of the islands history, culture, and heritage.

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Mocko Jumbies!

♥Trinidad holds the worlds largest Carnival celebrations which usually begin 8 months in advance! Wow!

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♥A genre of music that is played frequently during Carnival is called rapso which is a combo of calypso and rap.

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♥The Mardi Gras colors are purple (for justice), green (for faith), and gold (for power).

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Here is my Mardi Gras mask!

 

What did you do for Mardi Gras? Any tips on where to go for Carnival next year? I would love to go one time! Let me know! Thanks my friends!

-Jillian