Mardi Gras Costumes Ideas
It’s that time of year again when Mardi Gras costumes for women are a hot topic. Mardi Gras costumes ideas are based on traditional New Orleans Mardi Gras celebrations held on “Fat Tuesday” (Mardi means Tuesday, and Gras means fat, or large). Mardi Gras begins the day prior to Ash Wednesday, which signals the beginning of Lent, a period of fasting and repentance observed by Catholics. Traditionally, Mardi Gras is the last day of Carnival, a time of feasting and fun before Lent begins. Though it is held in many cities throughout the world, the New Orleans Mardi Gras celebration is the one most well known to Americans. Revelers on colorful parade floats throw beads of green, gold, and purple to the people who line the streets of New Orleans watching the procession. Candy coins in Mardi Gras colors and sweet King cakes are eaten during this time, because it’s your last chance to let loose and enjoy yourself before Lent!
Mardi Gras Costumes for Women
Many Mardi Gras costume themes for women borrow from the celebrations in Europe, as in the masquerade balls of Venice, with feathered masks to provide the opportunity to hide your identity while flirting with someone new. The Mardi Gras queen is a common theme, as is the Mardi Gras jester costume for women, but you can be your very own version of Mardi Gras girl.
Mardi Gras Queen Crown
To top off your Mardi Gras Queen costume, these Mardi Gras queen crowns show off your reigning glory, with the traditional Carnival colors of purple, gold, and green.
Mardi Gras Masks for Women
Mardi Gras Jester Masks
The royal jester, or the court jester, has been a beloved figure for hundreds of years, and was the equivalent of a clown in those days. Also known as the Fool or the Joker, the jester would tell jokes and entertain the King and Queen, and was even permitted to poke fun at royalty. Let your Joker flag fly with these beautiful Mardi Gras jester masks!
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Mardi Gras Feathered Masks
Mardi Gras feather masks run the gamut from traditional tricolor Mardi Gras masks to luxurious white feathered masks, even a mysterious masquerade half mask for women.
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Mardi Gras Party Beads and Supplies
What is the meaning behind Mardi Gras beads? We know that Mardi Gras colors originated with the first king of Carnival in 1872, who declared that the celebration colors would be purple, which represents royalty or justice, gold, which means power, and green, the symbol of faith. The king supposedly threw the appropriate color of glass beads to the person who symbolized one of these traits. This is how Mardi Gras celebrations have now become known as an event when women, young and old, display their assets to get the King’s attention and “earn” their beads.
To make your Mardi Gras celebration complete, here are some traditional Mardi Gras party beads and accessories to get you ready for the festivities. With the Mardi Gras costume ideas for women highlighted in this blog, you could travel to Bourbon Street to celebrate the festivities, or organize your own party at home. Either way, these are a great way to get into the Mardi Gras Carnival mood.
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