Don’t confuse Carnival and Mardi Gras! Carnival refers to the period of feasting and fun that begins on January 6th, The Feast of the Epiphany: also known as the Twelfth Night or Three Kings Day. Mardi Gras refers to Fat Tuesday, the final day of revelry before Ash Wednesday, when Lent begins. Centered in the grand city of New Orleans, the 2009 Mardi Gras season will include a total of 53 parades that begin on January 30th and conclude on “Fat Tuesday,” on February 24th. The Mardi Gras Sequin Feather Mask and the Mardi Gras Tall Feather Mask are popular costume masks worn during the season.
Organizations known as Mardi Gras “Krewes” plan and stage parades throughout the season to celebrate Mardi Gras. Typically, a “krewe” is named in honor of figures from Greek, Roman, and Egyptian mythology; some “krewes” are named after the neighborhood where they hold their parade. The Nile Goddess Costume and the Nile God Costume is an ideal pair of Mardi Gras costumes for couples.
The ranking structure of a Mardi Gras “krewe” is a parody of royalty including a King, a Queen, Dukes, Knights and Captains. Elaborate Mardi Gras costumes draped in the official Mardi Gras colors of purple, green and gold are worn by “krewe” members during their parade. Each parade “krewe” chooses a theme that is reflected in their colorful costumes and flamboyant floats. Color coordinated Mardi Gras costumes may include the Sexy Cha Cha Girl Costume or the Big Daddy Costume.
In addition to the parades and elegant costume balls, other traditions include: selecting the “Queen of Mardi Gras,” “the King of the Cake” and the “King of Carnival.” Possible costumes may include the Sexy Marie Antoinette Costume or the Masquerade Party Queen Costume.
This year, seven “krewes” are slated to stage parades on Valentine’s Day! Each parade will take place in a different location around New Orleans. Sexy Mardi Gras revelers dressed in the Greek Goddess Costume paired with studs dressed in an Spartan Soldier Costume will be celebrating side by side with sweethearts in sexy Valentine’s Day costumes. Perspective costumes may include the Sexy Ruffle Briefs, and the Sugar Bear Pimp Costume.
Can you imagine that scene?!