Let the Carnival Begin!


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By:  aG | Spunky Seniors Club® | March 2014

Le Carnival

Mardi Gras actually starts in January, but the big celebration happens Tuesday, March 4th, the day before the Christian season of Lent. Known as “fat Tuesday,” this celebration is known for indulgences of all kinds. 

Mardi Gras History

The origins of Mardi Gras can be traced to medieval Europe, passing through Rome and Venice in the 17th and 18th centuries to the French House of the Bourbons.  From here, the traditional revelry of “Boeuf Gras,” or fatted calf, followed France to her colonies.

If you can’t make it to New Orleans during this wonderful gala, why not throw an over-the-top masked ball costume party? Play great jazz or hire a band.  Any or all of the following ideas will help you feel like you’re right there on Bourbon Street.

One of the best moments Ive ever had in New Orleans is seeing Bourbon Street filled on a weekend night not long ago. Just watching the city breathe again. - Ray Nagin

Party Planners                                             

Celebrate this loud, food-loving holiday without leaving home.  Keep your party New Orleans-authentic with bold, colorful decorations and Cajun-style cuisine.

Hold your masked ball at Patriot Hills or Chalet on the Hudson or your own place.  Whichever you choose, The Clubhouse at Patriot Hills planners will create an event no one will forget.

Costume Rentals

Harlequin and hooded, you’ll be the belle of the ball with costumes from Party City.

The Mardi Gras Costume Shop has the authentic and elegant costumes you associate with Mardi Gras.

Performers and Musicians

Find a variety of entertainers for a party at any location on Gig Salad.


Decorate with masks and feathers and give guests Mardi Gras beads when they enter

Traditional colors are gold for power, purple for justice and green for faith.

You can’t beat Michael’s or Hobby Lobby for lots of reasonably priced decorations. Oriental Trading has items you’ll need in bulk, like those Mardi Gras beads.

Bake a King Cake

The King Cake tradition holds that whoever gets the slice of cake with the plastic baby will have luck the next year. 

We found some really amazing ideas for twists on this idea – how about King Jello Shots?  You’ve got to check these out!

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