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Mardi Gras 2016
Mardi Gras is February 9th, 2016. Seems a bit early. But I am sure like most of you, been there done that. Copious amounts of people, libations, and beads…and other things…Creole food and King cakes of course! That said, have you ever wondered about the history of it all?
Mardi Gras Origins
The origins of Mardi Gras are traced back to medieval Europe in the 17th and 18th centuries. Flowing from Rome and Venice eventually to the French House of Bourbons. French explorer Pierre le Moyne, Sieur d’lberville, when arriving around 60 miles south of the future La Nouvelle Orleans, named his site Pointe du Mardi Gras, as it was March 3rd, 1699, Marty Gras day. Did you know that Mardi Gras literally translates to “Fat Tuesday”? Now you know.
Mardi Gras Colors
The majestic colors you see, the purple, green and gold started in 1872 by a group of businessmen honoring the visitation of Russian Grand Duke Alexis Romanoff who funded a daytime parade call “Rex”, or Latin for King. They used his family colors as the official colors of the Carnival parade. Purple represented justice; gold signified power; and green meant faith.
The next year, after Alex left, the day parade continued, and the song that was played , “If Ever I Cease to Love” the year before, became the Mardi Gras anthem. Rex, became the theme and not only the King of Carnival but the Monarch of Merriment who’s motto is Pro Bono public, “For the common good”. Don’t they always say something like that?
Fat Tuesdy, Des Rois
From Bourbon to Frenchman Street, from the Three Muses to Mr. B’s Bistro, there is so much to do and see when you go down to visit New Orleans. What’s great is that I just returned from a weekend stay there lodging at the hotel Monte Leone, right in the heart of the French Quarter.
The rooms were great and the hotel is renown for their rotating Carousel bar, and a sometime frequent ghostly appearance form it’s former inhabitants.
Either way, in celebration of this century old pagan holiday, Vape Royally will offer a 10% discount code on all items including portable vaporizers, desktops vaporizers, pen style vaporizers and more in our store through Fat Tuesday. Just enter the code “Mardi 2016” and your on the way to Vape Royally. Like Rex, the King of Marty Gras!!!