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About Mardi Gras

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Mardi Gras itself falls on Shrove Tuesday - the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday, the start of the season of Lent in the Christian calendar. The name Mardi Gras translates literally as "Fat Tuesday", marking a final day of celebration before the solemn 40 days of prayer and fasting during the period of Lent.

The celebration of Mardi Gras in Europe may have had it's roots in the ancient revelries. The Mardi Gras traditions in Christian Europe date back to the early days of the Roman Catholic church. It is believed to have first been celebrated in the United States in 1699.

Mardi Gras festivities, along with those of the Brazilian Carnival, actually begin after Epiphany (the end of the Christmas season) and are marked with parades, king cakes, masked balls and a number of other traditions, some old some new. The parades and balls are sponsored by private social organizations known as Krewes.

You'll see a lot of purple, green and yellow at Mardi Gras celebrations. These are the official colors of Mardi Gras, symbolizing Justice (purple), Faith (green) and Power (yellow).

Learn more : Additional information about the history and traditions of Mardi Gras can be found at http://www.novareinna.com/festive/mardi.html

Ball gowns, jester costumes, Moulin Rouge, king costumes, Marie Antoinette and more for a festive Mardi Gras. Looking for masks? Venetian and masquerade masks >>

Mardi Gras Queen Costume

Mardi Gras Queen Costume

$78.00  $45.79

This gorgeous looking multicolor costume includ... [Read more]

Brand: Rasta Imposta

Mardi Gras Cape Adult

Mardi Gras Cape Adult

$55.38  $33.09

Includes: long cape in traditional Mardi Gras c... [Read more]

Brand: Forum Novelties

Mardi Gras Maven Costume

Mardi Gras Maven Costume

$67.44  $36.91

This costume includes dress and shrug. Does not... [Read more]

Brand: Dreamgirl

Mardi Gras Morphsuit

Mardi Gras Morphsuit

$74.94  $52.44

Our Mardi Gras Morphsuit features harlequin yel... [Read more]

Brand: Morphsuits

Mardi Gras Jester Woman Costume

Mardi Gras Jester Woman Costume

$68.75  $51.68

The costume includes a short dress with checker... [Read more]

Brand: Rasta Imposta

Mardi Gras Clown Costume

Mardi Gras Clown Costume

$60.00  $37.80

The costume includes green, gold and purple flo... [Read more]

Brand: Forum Novelties

Mardi Gras Miss Costume

Mardi Gras Miss Costume

$49.94  $37.80

The Costume includes a short dress in Mardi Gra... [Read more]

Brand: Forum Novelties

Mardi Gras Tunic Adult Costume

Mardi Gras Tunic Adult Costume

$29.95  $21.60

For GUYS or GALS! This green and purple panne v... [Read more]

Brand: Alexanders

Mardi Gras Craw Daddy Costume

Mardi Gras Craw Daddy Costume

$87.50  $46.89

This tasty costume features a red crawfish shap... [Read more]

Brand: Forum Novelties

Mardi Gras King Costume

Mardi Gras King Costume

$129.50  $47.29

The costume includes a Jacket, crown [Read more]

Brand: Rasta Imposta

Mardi Gras Jester Adult Women's Costume

Mardi Gras Jester Adult Women's Costume

$49.99

Bring the excitement of Mardi Gras to any party... [Read more]

Brand: Spirit Halloween

Mardi Gras Jester Hat

Mardi Gras Jester Hat

$16.99  $8.98

Every day is Fat Tuesday when you celebrate Mar... [Read more]

Brand: Spirit Halloween

Mardi Gras Mambo Hat

Mardi Gras Mambo Hat

$29.99

Dance into Mardi Gras with the Mardi Gras Mambo... [Read more]

Brand: Spirit Halloween

Mardi Gras Carnival Tri-Color Wavy Wig - Costume Wigs

Mardi Gras Carnival Tri-Color Wavy Wig - Costume Wigs

$29.69  $25.24

Mardi Gras Costumes - This fun Carnival Tri-Col... [Read more]

Brand: Leg Avenue

Adult Pretty Pirouette Costume - Mardi Gras Costumes

Adult Pretty Pirouette Costume - Mardi Gras Costumes

$71.40  $49.98

Adult Costumes - This Adult Pretty Pirouette Co... [Read more]

Brand: Leg Avenue

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