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Mardi Gras through the ages

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As Louisiana’s oldest holiday, Mardi Gras is steeped in centuries of tradition and celebration. The origins of Mardi Gras can be traced back to medieval Europe and the era of Roman domination, though we have no written record of how it transformed into the contemporary holiday it is today.

Mardi Gras was originally a pagan holiday to celebrate the Winter Solstice until Christianity incorporated it into the Easter story. The first photo in this image gallery, taken in 1907, a Mardi Gras parade is well under way in New Orleans as “King Rex” waves to the crowd from his horse-pulled carriage.

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  • Delfeayo

    Before Hurricane Katrina the irony was seeing the accepted segregation along St. Charles Avenue during the early parades. Once the tourists came things were more integrated, but folks were still having a great time on their respective sides of the street!

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