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Saturday, February 17, 2007

The Colors of Mardi Gras



As our model George W. Bush proudly displays, the traditional colors of Mardi Gras are purple (symbolic of justice), green (symbolic of faith) and gold (symbolic of power). The accepted story behind the original selection of these colors originates from 1872 when the Grand Duke Alexis Romanoff of Russia visited New Orleans. It is said that the Grand Duke came to the city in pursuit of an actress named Lydia Thompson. During his stay, he was given the honor of selecting the official Mardi Gras colors by the Krewe of Rex...thus, did these colors also become the colors of the House of Romanoff. The 1892 Rex Parade theme ("Symbolism of Colors") first gave meaning to the representation of the official Mardi Gras colors.

5 comments:

cats said...

which means that none of them are his colors...

Rob said...

My buddy Don! Hi sweetie. Just wanted to stop by and wish you a very Happy Mardi Gras. I've always enjoyed this day. Hope yours is as fabulous as you are. Love you, hon! Hugs...

cats said...

we had our pancake supper at the church last night and i thought about you while the princess kitty was handing out beads to everyone that walked through the door.

Jon-Marc said...

I like the picture. He is as believable a woman as he is a president!

CrackerLilo said...

Nice Photoshopping!!!

I hope you had fun...