We have yellow, purple, and green shirts all ready to go on February 13th. That's right, Mardi Gras is right around the corner again. Some people don't know this, but the French were the ones who started Mardi Gras around the Catholic holidays. Mardi Gras is French for fat Tuesday. The idea is to have Mardi Gras on the night before Lent begins. It is customary to fast during Lent, so Mardi Gras became a day of indulgence, of eating whatever before fasting during Lent. It is also customary to give up a beloved activity during Lent, so Mardi Gras is also a time to cut loose and get it out of your system. 


In modern times, Mardi Gras has developed secular celebrations that amount to giant parties. You may have heard of them. Beads, anyone? Everyone needs a break from the hustle and bustle sometimes. So why is it in Louisiana? Well, not just New Orleans. St. Louis also has a large Mardi Gras celebration. It was settled by the French who brought the tradition with them. It was brought here by two men named Iberville and Bienville, celebrating Mardi Gras in what is now known as America for the first time on March 3, 1699. Plus, the first location is where it is most commonly celebrated today, New Orleans.


The streets are filled with purple, yellow, and green masks and jester costumes on Mardi Gras because the masks originally allowed the society classes to be ignored for one night. So the rich, poor, and middle class could celebrate with everyone at the parade. So how were the colors chosen for the festival? The purple represents justice, green represents faith, and gold represents power. These colors also decorate the king cakes where the circular shape symbolizes the unity of faiths and a small baby is hidden inside to represent baby Jesus. 


If you’re going with a group to the New Orleans or St. Louis Mardi Gras events, you can create your group a swatch of custom t-shirts with our designer tool. You can create green, yellow, or purple tees depending on the group you identify with, or you can create some of each if you have enough people. You can also use a design that incorporates all three colors. You can even create single t-shirts for individuals with our no minimum options. If you’re not going to Mardi Gras, create your own! Either way, order today to make sure you have your shirt in time for the celebration!

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