Mardi Gras Fun Facts are a great way to teach kids, students, and adults about Mardi Gras. Put them on flash cards for the kids to guess the answer or put them in photo frames at a party for a great conversation piece.
What is the meaning of Mardi Gras?
Its French meaning “Fat Tuesday.” Some say the term means the over-indulgences of the day. While others believe the word "fat" refers to a fattened ox that was paraded through town before being sacrificed at a mid-winter, pagan fertility celebration. It is also is believed to be a reward for surviving harsh winters.
What is Mardi Gras celebrating?
Mardi Gras commemorates the activity of preparation for the observance of Lent. This commemoration or observance reminds us of the coming of Lent, and the reflection of the past years of life.
When was the first celebration of Mardi Gras?
Mardi Gras in America was actually begun in Mobile, Alabama in 1703
Where else is Mardi Gras celebrated?
Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, Bolivia, Caribbean Islands, Alabama, Texas, Venice Italy, Spain, and Germany
Was Mardi Gras ever cancelled?
Mardi Gras was cancelled from 1862 to 1865 because of the Civil War.
What is a doubloon?
It is a coin created by Alvin Sharpe as a symbol of the krewe’s. It is usually at every parade.
What are the Mardi Gras colors?
Green, Purple and Gold
#1: Cut up strips of paper. This will be your confetti for your balloon
#2: Take a balloon and open the end of the balloon (where you place your mouth)
#3: Place a few pieces of confetti inside the balloon opening
#4: Blow up the balloon and tie the balloon
#5: Hang the balloon from the ceiling or place around the room
#6: Use a Needle to pop the balloon and watch as confetti fills the air
Markers or Crayons
Circle Object (like small Cup, Bowl, Ball)
#1: Take a circle object and trace it twice on the paper.
#2: Cut out the circles
#3: Glue the 2 circles together sandwiching the popsicle stick in between the 2 circles. Allow part of the popsicle stick to be outside the circles, this will be your handle
#4: Punch holes along the rim of the circles
#5: Attach the buttons to the string and then thread the string through a hole that you made with the hole punch. Tie a knot attaching the buttons to the circles
#6: Decorate your noise maker!
Pasta Noodles (like macaroni, rigatoni)
#1: Take a piece of string measure and cut it to fit loosely around your child’s wrist
#2: Use your paint brush to paint each piece of noodle a different color
#3: Set aside to dry
#4: Once your noodle pieces are dry thread them onto the string you cut
#5: Take the two ends of the string and tie them together to make a Mardi Gras bracelet
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