Carnival season is upon us and with it comes the celebration! Every carnival celebrates a different holiday. The most famous carnival in the world has got to be the one in Rio de Janeiro. After all, Brazil’s capital is considered to be the carnival capital. However, New Orleans isn’t far behind. Today, we are going to focus on a staple of the city – the Mardi Gras carnival, also known as Fat Tuesday. We have gathered some of the most awesome and fun Mardi Gras mask ideas and we will totally let you steal them!
Fun and awesome Mardi Gras mask ideas you can totally steal
What is Mardi Gras?
Mardi Gras, also known as Fat Tuesday, celebrates the beginning of the ritual of fasting of the Lanten season. The name of the carnival comes from French and literally translates to Fat Tuesday, which is why it is the last day of rich and fatty foods before the fasting begins. New Orleans has become the home of the biggest and most famous Mardi Gras carnival. Every year, thousands of tourists flock to the French Quarter to celebrate a night of fun, alcohol and dancing. The carnival is also held in France, Italy, Germany, Sweden, Ukraine, Brazil and other countries around the world.
Some people go all out on their costumes for this celebration
What are the most famous Mardi Gras traditions?
Mardi Gras is famous for many weird traditions. Most notably is probably the throwing of beads necklaces from people standing on the floats to the crowd. In fact, there are so many beads being thrown around that the city of New Orleans expressed its concern for the recycling of all the beads left on the streets after the carnival is over. Another one is the handing of the “key of the city” to a local who has done something for the city. This is a pretty cool tradition because it showcases the appreciation of the locals. And, finally, because this article is focusing on masks, after all, the wearing of masks. This has become a tradition, because of the willingness of people to let loose when their faces are hidden. Which is why, the carnival is known to be some of the most fun people have in their entire lives.
Gorgeous Mardi Gras mask
The more flamboyant the costumes, the better
A lot of creativity goes into the creation of these masks
Another strange tradition during the Mardi Gras celebrations is celebrities being pronounced as The King of Bacchus. They lead the parade and wear a crown and a king’s costume. Their main goal is to throw as many beads as possible to the crowd and be the heart of the celebrations.
Jensen Ackles from the show Supernatural was pronounced King in 2019
And he absolutely stole the show
John C. Reilly was the King in 2015
His buddy Will Ferrell had his reign in 2012
House M.D. himself, Hugh Laurie, had the honors in 2014
Beautiful masks in purple, green and gold are a must for the carnival
Now here is a simple DIY for a colorful Mardi Gras mask with crayons