Gathering the Mardi Gras Parade Throws and Remember the Dates for Mardi Gras Carnival Season
The changes in Mardi Gras and how it’s celebrated and ever increasing popularity is because of lots of reasons, not the least are variety of activities included. For one, there is not another holiday that has its own colors, parades, special party balls, and the date changes each year. Plus, it is the special time of the year when those celebrating this holiday can wear very creative and colorful costumes to weeks of special events. And, for those organizing their own party, there are a few websites that specialize in very distinctive and unique party invitations for Mardi Gras and appropriate invitation wording samples.
Catching Your Share of Those Mardi Gras Parade Throws
The throwing of trinkets to the crowds watching parades (items thrown are known as doubloons) began during the 1870s by the Twelfth Night Revelers, and continue to this day as a time-honored expectation for parade watchers of all ages. Over 100 years ago, in 1884, Rex began using medallions instead of those previously used trinkets, and those medallions are representative of today’s doubloons (throws). These doubloons are anodized in many different colors and made of aluminum. They usually depict the theme of the parade on one side and the emblem of the Krewe throwing them on the other. Over the years, these have become collector’s items.
For the Bacchus Kings parade, doubloons are thrown with the image of the Celebrity King on one side of the doubloon. And, for those lucky enough to catch one, and hold onto it, it’s a sure fire souvenir to be kept forever. Other more popular throws are cups (also known as dinnerware of New Orleans), stuffed animals, and long pearl beads.
Warning! Don’t Reach Down to Pick Up Doubloons!!
If you are at your first parade and start to reach down to pick up a doubloon with your hand, you can expect your fingers to never be the same! Why, you ask? When doubloons hit the ground, all those around stomp the ground and rush to claim them. And, just because you’re standing next to a bunch of old grandmother looking ladies, dressed in high heels and playboy bunny outfits, don’t make the mistake of thinking your chances are any better. After all, these ladies might be old, but they have fast feet and the spikes on those heels. Wow, better watch out!
The Ever Changing Mardi Gras Celebration Dates
So, you’ve eagerly waited and anticipated this year’s carnival like celebrations, but just when does the season begin and when does it end? The actual date always falls on a Tuesday between February 3rd and March 9th. The carnival celebration always begin on January 6th, which is the Twelfth Night (feast of Epiphany), and gains momentum, reaching its climax at Midnight on Mardi Gras, the day before Ash Wednesday.
Actual Dates of Mardi Gras for Next Decade
But, just how will you know which Tuesday it will be? Ash Wednesday will always be 46 days before Easter, and Fat Tuesday is always the day before Ash Wednesday. So, Easter can fall on any Sunday between March 23rd and April 25th, and the exact date will coincide with the first Sunday after the full moon following a Spring Equinox. Now, with all the variables, isn’t it easy to understand and remember? (Just kidding).
OK, so let’s make it a bit more simple. Here are the upcoming dates for the next 10 years:
2014 – March 4; 2015 – February 17; 2016 – February 9; 2017 – February 28;
2018 – February 13; 2019 – March 5; 2020 – February 25; 2021 – February 16;
2022 – March 1; 2023 – February 21; and 2024 – February 13;
Read more articles about Mardi Gras Etiquette, Parade Do’s and Don’ts at Mardi Gras, Customizing Your Invitations fo Mardi Gras Parties, and more written by Sarah Porter for lots of publications, blogs, and websites like http://www.invitationsbyu.com.
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