1875: The year of the first Mardi Gras parade, and the year Louisiana Governor Henry Warmoth signed the “Mardi Gras Act.” The act, which still exists today, made Fat Tuesday a legal holiday in Louisiana.
Masks: Float riders are required by law to wear a mask. Masks are traditionally built on a wire or plastic frame, whereas more decorative masks are made from ceramic or porcelain.
500,000: The number of king cakes sold each year in New Orleans from the beginning of January to Fat Tuesday. King cakes include a tiny plastic baby doll baked inside. The person who finds the doll is declared “king” and must buy the next cake.
Purple, gold, green: Official colors of Mardi Gras. Purple stands for justice, gold for power, and green for faith. It’s said that Mardi Gras colors influenced the choice of school colors for rivals Louisiana State University and Tulane University. When LSU was deciding on colors, shops in New Orleans had stocked up on purple, gold, and green material for Mardi Gras. LSU bought much of the purple and gold, while Tulane bought the remaining color—green.
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