Did You Know? Countdown to Mardi Gras 2009 (02/22)

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Did You Know?
Facts, Figures & Folklore About Mardi Gras

February 22 : 02 days till Mardi Gras

Did you know that the ever-popular beaded necklaces, so ubiquitously associated with Mardi Gras today, didn’t come into play until the 1880s? That’s when one of the Krewes dressed up a member as Santa Claus and had him toss out glass beads. It was such a hit that by 1900, beaded necklaces had become the Mardi Gras throw.

Somewhere along the way, those lovely glass beads got replaced by cheap plastic and aluminum beads, which today earn the thrower a flash (of flesh). That particular “trading” tradition most likely dates back to the 1970s.

While Mardi Gras is celebrated throughout the southern US, it is most often identified with New Orleans, where it is celebrated with masquerade balls, King Cakes, and parades.

We’ll be presenting a new “Did You Know?” fun fact each day as we countdown to February 24th! So stop by again tomorrow or for those with no patience you can visit our Mardi Gras celebration for our list of Did You Know? Mardi Gras facts.



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