Mardi Gras Costumes

Written by Sarah Provost
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Mardi Gras costumes are surging in prevalence those days, as more and more adults learn the pleasures of dressing up. Halloween is now the favorite holiday of many Americans, who are looking for other occasions to become an alternate self. Mardi Gras, with its colorful, sexy and often outrageous costumes, fits the bill perfectly.

Mardi Gras means 'Fat Tuesday," which refers to the last day of feasting, frolic and excess before Lent begins on Ash Wednesday. New Orleans is the American home of Mardi Gras, but it is celebrated as Carnivale in many countries, most especially Brazil. In the US, purple, gold and green are the accepted colors of Mardi Gras, and they stand for justice, power and faith, respectively.

Mardi Gras costumes differ from Halloween costumes in that they don't usually represent anything or anyone specific. You're not likely to see Catwoman or Garfleld at Mardi Gras, or even a robot or mummy. Mardi Gras costumes, if they represent anything at all, most often look like some fantastical bejeweled bird or decadent aristocrat from an alternative universe.

Mardi Gras Costumes Are Assemblages

Mardi Gras costumes are basically put together from beads, feathers, masks, headdresses, luxe fabrics and painted faces. Perhaps the only thing they have in common is an element of free-floating fantasy. Since Mardi Gras is a time of revelry and sensuality, many of the costumes are provocative. After all, the word Carnivale is derived from the Latin word for "flesh."


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