We celebrate Mardi Gras at the Bluebird!
Mardi Gras Day
Also known as "Fat Tuesday," Mardi Gras Day is always the day before
Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent.
A Krewe is an organization of people who set up and participate in
their own parade and masked ball each year. Each Krewe pays dues and
the costs of hosting their own events for the season.
Purple, Green and Gold
The Krewe of Rex, which held its first parade in 1872, established
the colors for Mardi Gras and their meanings: purple for justice,
green for faith, and gold for power.
Beads and Cups
Beads and cups are the main items thrown off the floats at each
Mardi Gras parade. The beads come in many different colors and
lengths, and the cups are decorated with the Krewe's logo and theme
for that year. Those watching the parade clamor to get as many
"throws" as they can so they can show them off.
Doubloons Every Krewe has a set of Doubloons produced each year, which they
also throw off the floats. The shiny coins have the logo, year, and
theme stamped on them, and can be a collector's item if you catch
all five colors for that year.
The King Cake originated in the celebration of Twelfth Night or
King's Day (when the three wise men are said to have visited the
Christ Child). This is a circular "crown shaped" coffee cake,
sprinkled with purple, green, and yellow sugar. A small plastic baby
is hidden inside. Tradition dictates that the person who receives
the piece with the baby is "king for a day," and will have good luck
for one year. In exchange for this good luck, the "king" will be
required to provide the King Cake the next year.
Please try a piece of King Cake on your way out, you just might get