Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Happy Mardi Gras!!!


I didn't make any Mardi Gras digital freebies this year :(
Here in Texas it's just not big like in Louisiana where schools are out and the everything stops for the celebration. In fact my parents, sister, and friends are all in Eunice right now dressed like crazy people waiting for the day long traverse through the country side to start.

Here is a breakdown of the typical Courier de Mardi Gras:
Capuchon - A capuchon is a cone-shaped ceremonial hat worn during the Mardi Gras celebration in the Cajun areas of southwestern Louisiana, known as the Courir de Mardi Gras.
These hats are still worn, primarily by men. The name "capuchon" comes from the same root word, "cappa" in Latin, meaning a cape or hood, that gives us "cap", "cape", "cope", "chapeau" in French.

Screen Masks: The revelers usually wear some type of mask to conceal their identities because they can go about intoxicated or doing silly pranks and not have their identity known.



Costumes: The traditional outfit is a long sleeved top and long pants with lots of fringe and frills. I've seen costumes make entirely out of beer cans, moss, and even baby dolls.


What's becoming more common is people creating their outfits from things they find on the side of the road like this guy:


Le Capitaine
: The "Capitaine" of Mardi Gras typically wears a purple cape and a cowboy hat to distinguish themselves from the rest of the group.
These men are the law during Mardi Gras. They are responsible for keeping the group of thousands of people in line and hope to prevent anyone from getting hurt.

Modes of Transportation: Rural Mardi Gras is run on horseback for the most part. Most of the men ride horses and most of the women ride in "floats". Our version of floats consist of fancied up flat bed trailers.




Music: One of the largest components of rural Mardi Gras is the music. Most floats have at least a few people on them with a fiddle and an accordion belting out favorite Cajun songs for people to dance to.

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