This year Mardi Gras starts on Tuesday March 4, 2014! We all know of the Mardi Gras as a festive and colorful event held each and every year in New Orleans. But did you know that there is more to this event than just the extravagant parties and parades that we people know it for. Mardi Gras can trace its roots back to North America, during the time when French Explorers brought to the land the celebration of “Fat Tuesday” which literally translates to “Mardi Gras” in French. During this occasion, celebrants eat as much rich and fattening foods as they can and continue the celebrations just before Lent begins. Mardi Gras has three official colors which are purple, green and gold. These colors were chosen back in 1872 by the King of the Carnival.
Today, Mardi Gras is seen as a celebration of life and abundance. It has also become a kind of thanksgiving and a way of keeping the old traditions alive. Each and every year, the event becomes larger and larger with more people, even outsiders, joining and observing the festivities. In fact, Mardi Gras has managed to extend its reach beyond New Orleans as Mardi Gras inspired or themed parties happen all over the world. For such an event, in order to make sure that you fit in with the scene, one must know the proper way of dressing oneself. There are so many different and popular ways of creating a unique costume for yourself but there is one thing that you should always keep in mind. The flashier, the better. In fact, you could be as exotic and wacky as you want. After all, this is what Mardi Gras is known for, an eccentric and all out expression of oneself.
Some of the most popular costumes for men include twisted versions of popular historic figures. Think of a more colorful Leonardo Da Vinci or a more exotic and sexier version of the Mona Lisa. You can even come as a beheaded Marie Antoinette if you so wish. Of course, one simply cannot forget the colorful glass and plastic bead necklaces that people give away during this event. The whole idea here is to keep things at a fantastical level. In a way, your costume has to reflect the joie de vivre that that Mardi Gras represents.
If you are looking for a unique and really fun theme for your party then you should definitely consider throwing a Mardi Gras bash. After all, it is one of the most recognizable and biggest parties in the world. If you can manage to bring a piece of that into your own party then you and your guests would surely have a memorable experience.