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Houma Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras in Houma, Louisiana is a true Cajun celebration.  With over a dozen parades full of colorfully themed floats, scores of marching bands and tons of great throws, Houma has one of the largest Mardi Gras celebrations in Louisiana. You’ll find that a Houma Mardi Gras is full of Cajun hospitality along with safe, economical, family-friendly events. So, plan to catch some throws, stuff yourself full of King Cake, and above all else, let the good times roll!


 

In Louisiana, the Mardi Gras celebration we know today has been growing and evolving ever since the governor of Louisiana signed the famous “Mardi Gras Act” in 1875 and allowed the festival to be recognized as a legal holiday in the state. The Mardi Gras celebration in Houma starts with the Krewe of Hercules and runs nearly non-stop until the Krewe of Bonne Terre.

2014  Houma Mardi Gras Parade Schedule:

Friday, February 21 2014
Krewe of Hercules @ 6:00pm

Saturday, February 22, 2014
Krewe of Tee Caillou in Chauvin @ 12pm
Krewe of Aquarius @ 6:30pm

Sunday, February 23, 2014
Krewe of Hyacinthians @ 12:00pm
Krewe of Titans, following Krewe of Hyacinthians

Friday, February 28, 2014
Krewe of Aphrodite @ 6:30pm

Saturday, March 1, 2014
Krewe of Mardi Gras @ 6:30pm

Sunday, March 2, 2014
Krewe of Terreanians @ 12:30pm
Krewe of Montegut @ 2:00pm

Monday, March 3, 2014
Krewe of Cleopatra @ 6:30pm

Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Krewe of Houmas @ 11:00am
Krewe of Kajuns following Houmas
Krewe of Bonne Terre @ 4:00pm

Mardi Gras is considered to be one of the biggest parties in America. It’s an event that draws millions of visitors from around the world. 

Mardi Gras is French for “Fat Tuesday.” The celebration gets its name because many Catholic observers of Lent would typically eat up all the traditionally-rich foods in the house (bacon, butter, eggs and fatty meats) on the Tuesday before the start of fasting and sacrifice during Lent. Though many experts and historians agree that Mardi Gras celebrations in America are decidedly Catholic in origin, some have said that the celebration can be traced back to Europe. Many have suggested that Mardi Gras has its beginning in Ancient Rome and is linked to the pagan festival of Saturnalia.

The traditions associated with Mardi Gras include colorful floats, lavish costumes, marching bands, masked balls, king cake, costumed revelers and beads. Lots of beads! The bead-throwing tradition dates all the way back to the 1840s. Decades ago, the beads thrown from floats were made from glass and imported from Czechoslovakia. Glass beads are still thrown from time to time during Mardi Gras and they are highly coveted by parade goers.

Mardi Gras is also a celebration of color. Many who come in costume wear purple, green and gold. These colors are said to represent justice, power and faith. According to history, the colors were chosen by Grand Duke Alexis Alexandrovitch Romanoff of Russia when he came to New Orleans on a visit in 1872.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Future Mardi Gras Dates:

2014 - March 4
2015 - February 17
2016 - February 9
2017 - February 28
2018 - February 13
2019 - March 5
2020 - February 25

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