Tuesday 21st February is definitely a date for your diary if you’re a fan of fun and fancy dress, as that’s when Mardi Gras falls this year. Literally translated as ”Fat Tuesday”, Mardi Gras finds its origins in Christian religious traditions. Coming the day before Ash Wednesday, Mardi Gras or Shrove Tuesday marked the last hurrah of feasting and fun before the privations of Lent would begin.
These days Mardi Gras is probably less of a religious festival and more of giant street party, but it is still celebrated all over the world. Particularly in the city of New Orleans, Louisiana, which plays host to thousands of visitors this time of year all looking to experience Mardi Gras in the “Big Easy.” The city really goes to town to mark the occasion, with weeks of festivities leading up to the fabulous carnival on Mardi Gras Day itself. The streets are swathed with party decorations in the traditional Mardi Gras colours of gold, purple and green and every day brings a new excitement in the form of a parade, a party or a concert.
Fancy dress plays a key role in Mardi Gras, with revellers dressing up in amazing costumes and elaborate eye masks before heading out to party the time away. If you’re looking for some great Mardi Gras fancy dress ideas, head on over to our site for fabulous inspiration. A pretty feather eye mask twinned with a costume from our Hawaiian fancy dress shop would go down a treat at Mardi Gras time. Don’t forget to top off your outfit with some marvellous Mardi Gras beads.
By Jennie Humes