Gold, purple and green; sparkling beads; flamboyant masks; elaborate floats; jazz music; New Orleans–they’re all a part of what makes Mardi Gras so magical! But how did the whole darn thing begin?!
The origins of Mardi Gras can be traced to Medieval Europe, although there is no written record of how the ancient Roman celebrations of Mardi Gras actually transformed into the Mardi Gras we all go crazy for today.
We have one man to thank, though, for Mardi Gras madness as we know it today! Jean Baptiste Le Moyne Sieur de Bienville, a French-Canadian explorer, ended up on a little spit of land 60 miles south of New Orleans in 1699 and promptly declared it “Pointe due Mardi Gras.” He also established “Fort Louis de la Louisiane” (which is now Mobile) in 1702. In 1703, the tiny settlement of Fort Louis de la Mobile had the good taste to toss the very first Mardi Gras whoopdedoo!
Mardi Gras is celebrated officially on the day before Ash Wednesday–hence, the name “Fat Tuesday” (“Mardi Gras” is French for Fat Tuesday)–and it’s not just the wonderful folks in New Orleans who really know how to party hardy on Mardi Gras! This colorful event is celebrated joyously worldwide, and Party Fiesta Balloon Decor is no different! They have created some amazing balloon-decor designs with their own little twist on the Mardi Gras theme because they, like partiers everywhere, are honorary Creoles during Mardi Gras!