What We Love Most About Mardi Gras
Mardi Gras, meaning “Fat Tuesday” in French, is a celebration we hold close to our hearts (and stomachs...King's Cake!) at Superfly. Each year it takes us down memory lane back to our New Orleans roots. As we celebrate our 20th anniversary this year, here’s a nod to some of our favorite parts of Mardi Gras.
Allen Toussaint once said, “Mardi Gras is my favorite time.” Full of funk, jazz, and more, music is an essential component of the Mardi Gras celebration. Integrated in the New Orleans culture, Mardi Gras features jams from Bourbon to Esplanade Street and beyond.
Food is not to be messed around with when it comes to Mardi Gras. Who doesn’t like a delicious King’s Cake? Clothed in bright purple, gold, and green colors, King’s Cake is a cinnamon sugared sweet bread, hiding a little plastic baby. These days, the hidden baby is supposed to symbolize luck. The one who is lucky enough to get the piece of cake with the baby, is named King for the day and responsible for distributing the King’s Cake the following year. Even the colors of Mardi Gras have meaning -- purple (justice), green (faith), and gold (power). Will YOU be King this year?
Each year, Mardi Gras parades and massive floats take over the streets of the Big Easy. People throw beads (as we’re sure you’ve heard), wear intricately designed masks, and march into the night led by brass bands. Originally these beads were made of glass, but plastic beads these days make it more suitable for throwing. (Imagine getting glass beads thrown at you -- ouch!) Back in the day, masks were meant to be worn by anyone to escape social class. The tradition is still alive today. Simple plastic colored masks to intricate feathered pieces are worn for the festivities.
This year at Superfly, for those who couldn’t be in New Orleans, we celebrated with some brass! The Bombrasstico band marched in our NYC office making us feel as if we were down groovin’ with the rest in NOLA.
What did you do to celebrate?