Mardi Gras’ Colorful Craziness

Published February 27, 2014
Updated March 13, 2019

Private organizations known as krewes run Fat Tuesday parades and floats around the world. Belonging to a krewe allows the member to appear in a particular parade or ride on the krewe’s float. For small marching groups, membership fees can be as low as $20 a year. But for zealous krewes seeking to put on an unforgettable display, membership can cost you thousands.

Mardi Gras Queen Float

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Street Parade

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King’s Cake is another popular tradition associated with Mardi Gras. Colorful cakes are baked with a small plastic doll hidden somewhere inside of it, often said to represent Baby Jesus. Traditionally, the person who receives the piece of cake containing the trinket is afforded special privileges for the rest of the Carnival season, which culminates in the celebration of Ash Wednesday. But with great cake comes great responsibility: the doll’s finder is tasked with supplying the cake or hosting the following year’s party.

King Cake

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As Mardi Gras has become more popular throughout the past few years, more and more celebration locations have come to the forefront. Universal Studios Florida now has an extended Mardi Gras experience each year that caters to families. While it is as crowded and extravagant as most other celebrations, many Mardi Gras purists do not believe that the tradition belongs in a theme park.

Universal Studios

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Savannah Cox
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Savannah Cox holds a Master's in International Affairs from The New School as well as a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley, and now serves as an Assistant Professor at the University of Sheffield. Her work as a writer has also appeared on DNAinfo.
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John Kuroski is the editorial director of All That's Interesting. He graduated from New York University with a degree in history, earning a place in the Phi Alpha Theta honor society for history students. An editor at All That's Interesting since 2015, his areas of interest include modern history and true crime.
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