The Law Offices of L. Clayton Burgess wishes you and your family a safe and happy Mardi Gras season. Below you will find the 2015 parade schedule, the history of Mardi Gras, and tips to celebrating a safe and enjoying carnival season. Laissez les bon temps rouler!!
From Lafayettetravel.com- South Louisiana is home to the greatest free party on earth, a colorful celebration known as Mardi Gras.Carnival begins Wise Men brought gifts to the baby Jesus. This Carnival the Law Offices of L. Clayton Burgess wishes you and your family a safe and happy Mardi Gras season. Below you will find the 2015 parade schedule, the history of Mardi Gras, and tips to celebrating a safe and enjoying carnival season. Laissez les bon temps rouler!! “season” continues until Mardi Gras, the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday, which this year is Feb. 17. Because Ash Wednesday is a time of sacrificing and fasting, the season of Carnival is a time of feasting and fun. The word “Carnival” comes from the Latin “Carbe vale” meaning “farewell to flesh,” referring to the giving up of eating meat during Lent. Some people see the season of Carnival and Mardi Gras as “living it up before giving it up.”In Acadiana, residents celebrated Carnival with the unique “Courir de Mardi Gras” or Mardi Gras runs where masked men on horseback would travel the countryside knocking on doors, singing songs, dancing and begging for ingredients to make a gumbo. Many times homeowners would throw a chicken to the begging krewe and maskers would attempt to catch the bird for gumbo meat. Musicians sometimes followed the krewes, providing more merriment. Most of the activities that tourists enjoy happen about two weeks prior to Mardi Gras, building up to the grand celebration on Tuesday, Feb. 17. Parades in Lafayette begin on Feb. 7 with the Krewe of Carnivale en Rio and the popular, fund-raising Krewe des Chiens Parade for Dogs. The bulk of Lafayette parades begin on Friday, Feb. 13, and continue daily until Tuesday, Feb. 17, rolling from downtown Lafayette to Cajun Field. The family friendly “Le Festival de Mardi Gras a Lafayette,” coordinated by the Greater Southwest Louisiana Mardi Gras Association, offers games, carnival rides, Cajun food and live music by some of Acadiana’s best talent at Cajun Field. The Mardi Gras Show at Clark Field also features many local and national musicians, plus the annual Judging Contest that features extravagant displays of costumes. In addition, there’s food and crafts. Anyone can enter the costume contest
For a complete list of parades in Lafayette and the surrounding areas visit: http://www.lafayettetravel.com/MardiGras
Mardi Gras Date
February 17, 2015
The Colors of Mardi Gras
Purple – justice | Green – faith | Gold – power
The history of the King Cake began in 12th century France where the cake would be baked on the eve of Jan. 6 to celebrate the visit to the Christ Child by the three Kings. A small token was hidden in the cake as a surprise for the finder.
Throws, Doubloons, Beads, Cups, and More…
The throwing of trinkets to the crowds was started in the early 1870s by the Twelfth Night Revelers, and is a time-honored expectation for young and old alike. Special throws with the Krewe’s emblem become collector’s items.
Lafayette’s Mardi Gras Timeline
1869 – 1st formal Mardi Gras ball and parade
1934 – Southwest Louisiana Mardi Gras Association was formed. King Gabriel and Queen Evangeline have reigned over Lafayette Mardi Gras ever since.
Courir de Mardi Gras
A rural Mardi Gras celebration that dates back to the earliest days of settlement. With its roots firmly in the medieval tradition of ceremonial begging, bands of masked and costumed horseback riders roam the countryside “begging” for ingredients for their communal gumbo.