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• Another term used for Mardi Gras is “Shrove Tuesday.” Shrove is the past tense of “to shrive” and means “to go to or make confession.” Mardi Gras is known as the day to party. In New Orleans, when the clock strikes midnight, Lent starts, and the party ends. Mounted police lead a parade of street cleaners, clearing and cleaning the city. • Historians believe that French explorers Iberville and Bienville held the first American Mardi Gras on March 3, 1699. After a very difficult journey down the Mississippi River, they landed about 60 miles south of New Orleans. They had a small celebration and named the area “Pointe due Mardi Gras.” Bienville also established “Fort Louis de la Louisiane,” which later became Mobile, Alabama. Many say that the first official Mardi Gras was held in Mobile in 1702. (During this time, before the Louisiana Purchase, Mobile was part of Louisiana.) • For many years, New Orleans and other French settlements of the South marked the Mardi Gras holiday with street parties, masked balls and lavish meals. When the Spanish took control of New Orleans, they abolished the rowdy celebrations. The bans were in force until Louisiana became a state in 1812.

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(continued): • By the late 1830s, there were processions of masked people with carriages and riding horseback. Newspapers started announcing the Mardi Gras events in advance. More krewes formed, and today there are more than 50 parades in the Greater New Orleans area. • On February 24, 1857, the Mistick Krewe of Comus, a secret society of businessmen, organized a torch-lit procession with rolling floats and marching bands. This began the parade traditions that persist today. The parade was followed by a ball for the krewe and their guests. • Today the elaborate, invitation-only balls for the many krewes begin when Carnival Season starts on January 6. Each krewe elects a king and queen and their court. They wear masks and are never officially revealed; except for Rex, who as the King of Carnival, is revealed the day before the parade. • The Krewe of Rex, organized in 1872 by a group of businessmen, came up with the idea to have a King of Carnival. They held the first parade during the daytime. This krewe introduced the Mardi Gras song (“If Ever I Cease to Love”), the flag and the colors of purple, green and gold. Meaning was assigned to the colors in 1892: Purple for justice, green for faith and gold for power. • While most parades require crowds to simply watch and applaud when floats pass, Mardi Gras crowds work hard to catch “throws.” This tradition started in 1871. The most popular throws are beads, plastic cups and doubloons. Doubloons are aluminum medallions, like large coins, that depict the parade theme on one side and the krewe’s emblem on the other. The first medallions appeared in 1884, with the Krewe of Rex, and the start of doubloons like those given out today started in 1960 also with Rex. • The actual name for the Krewe of Rex is the School of Design. Rex, the King of Carnival, arrives by a boat that crosses the Mississippi River on the night before Mardi Gras. When Rex arrives, the Mayor of New Orleans presents him with the key to the city.

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