Mardi Gras refers to the whole Carnival season. With roots in the Catholic tradition, it is celebrated during Lent, from Twelfth Night through the day before Ash Wednesday. It is a series of parades, parties, and balls, but is most famous for the events taking place on its last day, Fat Tuesday. It is a celebration, according to New Orleanians, of power, faith, and justice. Fat Tuesday is a day of excess, when the city of New Orleans doubles in population and most of its occupants revel in the party atmosphere. At exactly midnight, Lent begins, and many New Orleanians give up the vices that they have clung to over the Mardi Gras season.
Around the world, the day is about various cultures coming together to celebrate the things that make them unique, and these differences unite under the common theme of a people who like to have fun, enjoy each other, and celebrate. Costumes, masks, and beads are common place, as well as the Mardi Gras favorite, the king cake. Mardi Gras parties are a great time to indulge in Cajun cuisine, take in the jazz band sounds, New Orleans flair and beautiful bright purple, green, and gold colors of the original Mardi Gras theme.
Before you host a raucous party to celebrate Mardi Gras, you have to send out the perfect Mardi Gras party invitations. In addition to all of your party information, including the location, date, and time of your bash, you will want to convey that your party will be fun and festive. Your guests will have the first impression of your party the moment they open up the invitation. Keep in mind, the carnival, mask party, or Mardi Gras theme in general can be used year round for a party (not just on Fat Tuesday). Look for invitations that are stylish and extravagant and set the tone for a party atmosphere filled with excitement and pleasure for your guests. Look no further than the American Stationery Company for your Mardi Gras party invitations!