What Is Mardi Gras? The REAL History & Traditions Explained.

we live in a world where everyone likes

to party every way you turn you see

events taking place dedicated solely to

get in on your level

none of those left the level of

America's biggest party season since

Mardi Gras 177 years ago New Orleans

changed forever the signing of the Mardi

Gras agree shaped the entire landscape

of the Crescent City well Katrina hit

New Orleans and I moved to Houston for

three years

the two biggest questions that I

received was do you know Lil Wayne and

was mighty gravity like back then I

couldn't really answer because I was

only in the seventh grade my biggest

concern at the time was marching during

the parade season with my trumpet in

hand with lumber the school banner now

that I'm older doing able to grasp the

concept of Mardi Gras it's only right

that I revisit that question in this

video the goal is for you to leave with

a for 360 view of Almighty God and how

the tradition made as we all the way

down to New Orleans

what is Mardi Gras Mardi Gras is a

French term based on a religious event

that translates into Fat Tuesday

Catholicism is the home of Mardi Gras

and the holiday is a very important part

of the mid season Fat Tuesday falls on

the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday which

is the first day of fasting leading up

to Easter 46 days later there are some

researchers that believe that mighty

grab dates back to the Roman holiday

Saturn million but this isn't historical

fact my regards often viewed as a way to

let yourself go before the fasting

beginnings additionally people would eat

fatty foods eating up to Lent and hence

the term Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras has

since evolved into a worldwide


the two biggest hosts of these

celebrations are in New Orleans and in

Rio de Janeiro for the Rio Carnival

during these festivals hundreds and

thousands of people travel to one

location of party incident a Noma Getty

photographer Mario Thomas a New Orleans

native discovered a lot of parallels

between the South American nation and

world now there's this big debate that

goes on every year between mobile

natives and the world's neighbors about

who started Mardi Gras now to clear this

up and I'm going to detail in another

video on March 2nd in 1699 the French

Canadian Explorer John Bettis Bienville

arrived at a pot of brown 60 miles

directly south of New Orleans and named

it went to Mardi Gras now they named the

pointy mighty grab because they landed

there almighty Gras day so in being

billed established before Louie de la

Louisiana which is normal build in 1702

they celebrated the first official night

around 7 0 3 out there although mighty

grab still held in mobility wireless

takes the crown for the biggest

celebration in the world since Mardi

Gras tis a religious holiday and linked

to the moon cycles the day changes

everywhere mighty graph of 2020 will be

on the 25th of February the season for

my regards to weeks leading up to Fat


these two weeks are filled with parades

that feature larger than life floats

mass gift-givers and a lot of music

the biggest parades are held on mighty

Gras day the Monday before mighty

grinding on this lundi Gras is also a

pretty big day during the season this

year there will be over 80 parades

scheduled in New Orleans alone so

tourists I say five days before Tuesday

should be a target at arrival day this

gives you enough time to enjoy the city

and taking the energy of the parade

although the parade's are the main

attractions there are a lot of things

that you can do our New Orleans for

Mardi Gras one of the biggest things

that come to mind is mighty bra world

it's a place where most of the floats

are constructed at story mighty Gras

floats can cost up to fifty thousand to

create per float the only downside to

visiting mighty Gras world during the

season is that many of the floats will

be on the streets and not in the

warehouse other aspects of my tigre

include king cakes

Mardi Gras balls mighty Gras Indians the

flammable and social impression club's

before I dig a little deeper into the

Mardi Gras traditions I want to ask

what's your favorite thing about Mardi


the average American may assumed that my

tigre is all about parties but it gets

much deeper than that you may have heard

the term improvements or twice the

mighty grog fools are a very important

aspect of the Carnival season accrual is

a social organization that puts on a

parade or a bar for the Carnival season

the term is best known for its

association with mighty Gras

celebrations in New Orleans

each crew has a king and a queen that

works hard during the year for the big

ball the identities of the king and

queen are closely guarded secrets into

the night of the ball most of the bars

are formal and private the invitations

used to be die-cut and printed in Paris

France supercruise like Endymion and

Orpheus are known for having extravagant

balls held in the highest-profile

locations in the world's my personal

favorite part of the Mardi Gras season

are the Indians




Larry been a past president of the nola

Mardi Gras Indian Council said Mardi

Gras Indians are secretive because only

certain people participated in masking

the matters our Indians are made up of

African Americans who are left out of

the mainstream I too got editions due to

racism in slavery we have to find our

own way to celebrate matters on our

neighborhoods the culture of a masking

Indian is at least about 300 years old

so we pretty much hold it in the city

and it's a lot of stories that's been

told about the mask and culture or Mardi

Gras Indians as they sue you know

labeled us because we couldn't come out

we couldn't wear our traditional

clothing indigenous clothing so that was

the only time you could actually be who

you were I think one of the governments

of Louisiana passed a law that black

folks couldn't wear feathers they

couldn't look Indian so that that's one

of the days dad in st. Joseph night that

we were allowed to put on these we call

them suits culture clue traditionally

the crews modeled their structure from

Greek and Roman things the names usually

mirrored those of mythological heroes

and diets the structure of the crew is

copy royal hierarchy black people were

kept out of these traditions for more

reasons than one this led to the

development of our own traditions the

Mardi Gras Indians named themselves

after the Native Americans the purpose

of this was to pay respect to the tribes

who helped slaves escape captivity

it was often local Indians who accepted

slaves into the society when they made a

break for freedom they had never

forgotten the support

in an interview with chief bald eagle

Roger he explained how many black

Americans were native to this land prior

to the Africans being brought over come

with you call me taking on like another

person what is the indigenous culture

and this Maskin culture is it's all

throughout the Caribbean and in some

parts of Africa so we were you know

we've been in America before the slave

trade so we've always been so to some of

the people that they call in African

Americans and pretty much may not have

anything to do with Africa the Tri spent

all year making their extravagant suits

by hand that consist of bright feathers

beads and embroidery there are strong

Native American influences on black

people especially in New Orleans


another big part of New Orleans

especially during the Mardi Gras season

are the social Aid and pleasure Club my

social Aid and Pleasure clubs are

basically the originators the organizers

and the sponsors at the second line

parade social City was made famous for

CSS rules autobiography my life in New

Orleans he was that when he was a child

he needs to watch those clubs parade and

it was an irresistible and absolutely

unique experience every time one of

those clubs paraded like a second-line

with them all day long the social Aid

and Pleasure clubs were basically

created from organizations called the

benevolent societies and which will

basically groups that perform charitable

works in the communities and provide a

social aid to disenfranchised

communities so knowing the history about

the social Aid and pleasure Club is

really important in New Orleans and they

told her they're about 70 social Aid and

Pleasure clubs in the waters alone the

king cake tradition is the key to an

authentic Mardi Gras experience

according to the Christian faith Christ

first showed themselves to the three

wise women on the twelfth night baking

aid the Epiphany this is the day that

mighty gar season starts this is why

small porcelain our plastic baby is put

inside of the cakes

if you find one you'll be responsible

for bringing the next teen cake to the

party the researchers believe that Cain

cakes from brought over from France in

the late 1800s there were a ring of

dough baked and topped with sugar

braiding and baking the dough gives the

traditional king cake look did you know

that float riders are required to wear

masks by law this comes from the idea

that everyone should be treated fairly

during this season the masked tradition

came from different societies around the

world who wear them during rituals and

celebrations the masks allow people to

escape the reality of social class and

constraints this is the time of the year

that no one forgets especially if you

live in New Orleans for neighbors of New

Orleans Mardi Gras is that one time of

the year will you see everyone it's the

time for reconnecting with childhood

friends and family members that you

haven't seen in a long time wireless

natives are resilient we have suffered a

lot in his lifetime so to train the two

the housing development crisis of the

90s we've been through a lot this is why

we celebrated this is why we do so hard

during the Carnival season

mighty grass serves as a reminder that

we're still here