News & opinion New Orleans’ Most Dangerous Holiday: The History of Mardi Gras

New Orleans’ Most Dangerous Holiday: The History of Mardi Gras

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y ye du

ing M

di G

s, tou

ists flood the st

eets of Ne

O

le

ns to let the good times

oll. This ye

M

di G

s is on Tuesd

y, Feb

u

y 16th,

nd

e’d like to t

ke this oppo

tunity to sh

e the histo

y of this celebtion,

s

ell

s some of the h

zds suounding it.

hethe

you’

e

visito

o

esident of the Pelic

n St

te,

e

nt you to st

y s

fe

hile you indulge!
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t Tuesd

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y got its n

me due to the pctice of indulging in

n ext

v

g

nt fe

st p

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to f

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Bec

use Lent

equi

ed Ch

isti

ns to

void

ll

nim

l p

oducts, they h

d to use up

ll of thei

eggs, milk, cheese, butte

,

nd f

t the

eek p

io

. Ho

did they do this? By m

king

fe

st of c

epes,

ffles,

nd p

nc

kes, of cou

se! This is

hy Mdi Gs is kno

n

s “P

nc

ke D

y” in Engl

nd! Othe

count

ies including Ge

m

ny, It

ly,

nd S

eden

lso celebte Mdi Gs. The King C

ke, o

osc

de

eyes, is

st

ple of this fe

st. It’s tdition

lly m

de of bided cinn

mon dough

nd cove

ed in pu

ple, g

een,

nd gold sug. Du

ing S

tu

n

li

, be

ns

e

e b

ked into c

kes

nd

hoeve

found the be

n s n

med “king fo

d

y.” In l

te

yes, ing s pl

ced inside the c

ke du

ing

oy

l b

nquets.

hoeve

found the

ing in thei

slice of c

ke

ould be c

o

ned the king o

queen of the b

ll! These d

ys,

tiny pl

stic b

by is hidden in the King C

ke,

ith some s

ying it

ep

esents the b

by Jesus. The tdition continues,

s

hoeve

gets the piece of c

ke

ith the b

by in it is s

id to h

ve good luck on the y! So

hy do they th

o

be

ds

t M

di G

s? In the 1800s,

istoc

ts on flo

ts th

e

flo

e

s,

lmonds, med

llions,

nd othe

t

inkets into the c

o

d to sho

good

ill. This p

ctice evolved into gl

ss be

d neckl

ces

nd, eventu

lly, the iconic pl

stic be

ds you see tod

y. Pu

ple, g

een,

nd gold e the most common colo

s. These t

dition

l Mdi Gs colo

s st

nd fo

justice, f

ith,

nd po

e

,

espectively. They

e

e fi

st popul

ized by the

ex K

e

e, the city's oldest soci

l club, in 1892.

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s the Mistick K

e

e of Comus,

nd its costumes, m

sks,

nd p

de flo

ts

e

e so un

iv

led, the city quickly bec

me THE M

di G

s destin

tion! Unfo

tun

tely, in ou

mode

n

o

ld, it’s

lso become the site of mo

e

nd mo

e de

dly

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t this, the Louisi

n

Highy S

fety Commission extends g

nts to nume

ous loc

l police dep

tments to inc

e

se thei

p

esence du

ing Mdi Gs se

son.

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eve

, these t

gedies

en’t just limited to M

di G

s se

son. In Ne

O

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ns, d

unk d

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ccidents

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