Thursday, October 25, 2018

Masquerading for Mardi Gras

For as long as we can remember, it's been a long standing tradition to wear masks on Mardi Gras. But what's the reason behind this tradition? Mardi Gras masks add an element of mystery and intrigue to the celebration. Originally, wearing a mask during this holiday allowed a person to let their guard down and feel free to have a good time. This allowed different classes of society to mingle with each other. Check out the history behind masquerading for Mardi Gras and find out how you can stay up-to-date on our upcoming Lake of the Ozarks Mardi Gras Pub Crawl!

History of Mardi Gras Masks
Mardi Gras made landfall in the United States back in the 17th century when the French explorer Pierre Le Moyne d’Iberville set up camp 60 miles from New Orleans on the day that the holiday was being celebrated in France. He called the location Point du Mardi Gras. But, Mardi Gras and the accompanying masked balls associated with the holiday were outlawed when the Spanish governor took control of the area in 1766 as well as when it came under U.S. rule in 1803.

But by 1823, the Creole population convinced the governor to permit masked balls. By 1827, wearing a mask in the street was legalized in New Orleans. (They’re now only legal to wear on Mardi Gras Day.) When the first official “krewe,” or elite social club, was established in 1857, the Mardi Gras parades that they organized became formalized annual occasions, which meant that parade participants donned masks and colorful regalia with greater frequency.

Masks are Required by Law
Float riders in New Orleans are actually required to wear masks, not because of tradition, but because it's a law! It is illegal to be on a Mardi Gras float unless you are wearing a mask. If you are simply watching the parade, you aren't required to put one on, but it can make things a lot more fun! Now, most people opt to wear the masks as part of the festivities, which is 100% acceptable and encouraged! But, in New Orleans many of the local shop owners will post notes on their doors prohibiting patrons from wearing them in their stores... You know, for safety reasons and all that.

Got Your Mask Ready?
Today it is a fun and beautiful tradition that still allows a person to feel like they can be a bit more free to act out more than usual, providing a sense of anonymity. So, if you're into keeping tradition and having a blast while celebrating, you better show up to the Mardi Gras Pub Crawl donning your best mask!

Mark Your Calendars!
Save the date of Saturday, February 16, 2019, for this will be the biggest and best year yet! To stay up-to-date on all Pub Crawl happenings, text: "LakePubCrawl" to 71441.

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