Topic Guide to Mardi Gras

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Significant Dates

1856 - Mistick Krewe of Comus formed
1857 - First modern Mardi Gras organization in New Orleans
1862-1865 - Parades cancelled during Civil War
1869 - First formal Mardi Gras ball and parade in Lafayette
1872 - Krewe of Rex formed 1872 - Carnival King is established
1872 - First organized daytime parade
1875 - The State of Louisiana declared Mardi Gras a legal holiday
1882 - Krewe of Proteus formed
1918-1919 - Parades cancelled during WWI

Suggested Search Terms

Mardi Gras, Carnival, Krewe, Mistick, Mystick, Nereus, Momus, Rex, Proteus, Comus, Fat Tuesday

Sample Articles