Feb 3, 2016
With eager anticipation of Mardi Gras and the inspiration of our newly painted New Orleans backdrop, Grosh started digging around in the history of this celebration. This unique tradition has cultivated a society in New Orleans that paints the town in history and pride.
New Orleans was established in 1718 by Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville. By the 1730’s, Mardi Gras was celebrated openly, but not with the parades we know today. In the early 1740’s, Louisiana’s governor, the Marquis de Vaudreuil established elegant society balls, which became the model for the New Orleans balls of today. In 1872 a group of businessmen invented a King of Carnival, Rex, to preside over the first daytime parade. This parade was to honor the visiting Russian Grand Duke Alexis Romanoff. The businessmen presented the colors of Romanoff’s family: purple, green and gold; with purple representing justice, gold representing power and green representing faith. These colors would officially become the colors of Mardi Gras and most notably the historical and infamous, Bourbon Street.