Mardi Gras Tradition

Trinity Southern Foods will help our established customers with Beads, Masks, Doubloons, personalized cups, etc. for those great Mardi Gras Parties you can throw in your restaurant with our "Certified Cajun" food products.

Mardi Gras
Beginning after "Epiphany",
And running through "Fat Tuesday."

All of our established customers will begin receiving Mardi Gras updates and special notices as our Louisiana Krewes begin their season of "Coronations" and Parties announcing their Royalty. In December of each year, Trinity will forward you information concerning the upcoming Mardi Gras season and will be glad to assist you with Official Mardi paraphernalia to throw your own parties. We can send you Mardi Gras Masks, Promotional Materials, Beads, Official Krewe Cups, etc.

Just let us know what you are interested in planning and as an established customer we will spend time with you in developing your ideas and projects for your customers.

What is Mardi Gras?

The Mardi Gras Season refers to events of the Carnival, beginning on or after Epiphany and culminating on the day before Ash Wednesday. Mardi Gras is French for Fat Tuesday, referring to the practice of the last night of eating rich, fatty foods before the ritual fasting of the Lenten season, which begins on Ash Wednesday. Popular practices are associated with celebrations before the fasting and religious obligations associated with the penitential season of Lent. Throughout Louisiana, practices include wearing masks and costumes, overturning social conventions, dancing, sports competitions, parades, etc.

It is the party of the year for Louisiana. Krewes (pronounced in the same way as "crews") are an organization that puts on a parade and or a ball for the Carnival season (Mardi Gras). Krewe members are assessed fees in order to pay for the parade and/or ball. Fees can range from thousands of dollars a year per person for the most elaborate parades to as little as $20 a year for smaller marching clubs. Criteria for Krewe membership varies similarly, ranging from exclusive organizations largely limited to relatives of previous member to other organizations open to anyone able to pay the membership fee. Krewes with low membership fees may also require members to work to help build and decorate the parade floats and make their own costumes; higher priced Krewes hire professionals to do this work. Parading Krewes are usually responsible for buying their own throws, the trinkets thrown to parade spectators.

Krewes will also have other events like private dances or parties for members throughout the year. Some also make a point of supporting charities and good causes. Each year Krewes are responsible for electing the King and Queen of the Krewe. They have elaborate coronations to announce the King and Queen of the Krewe as well as other royalty members of the Krewe each year.

Then it is time to have a ball. The Mardi Gras Ball is a formal party given by a Krewe for its members and their guests. It consists of a Royal Court with King and Queen, Dukes and Duchesses and the like, who are presented in lavish costumes to an audience of invited guests.

The more traditional balls present tableaux, which are staged pageants that depict stories, usually from mythology or history. A queen's supper, which might be a dinner dance or informal party, often is held after the ball.

It all ends with the parades, which is a grand party of Krewe floats with members throwing beads, cups, doubloons, etc. to the party goers standing along the parade routes. Many party-goers begin planning their parade day far in advance and spend the entire day along the parade route cooking traditional Louisiana foods such as crawfish to BBQ's. It's a great ending to a great tradition.

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Shreveport, LA

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