Why Purple, Green, & Gold for Mardi Gras Colors?
Thursday, January 24, 2013 at 04:26PM
The Mississippi Queen in Mardi Gras, Southern Culture, The Mississippi Queen

I am sure most of you are well aware, the traditional colors of Mardi Gras are purple, green, and gold, and maybe some of you, have actually wondered why those are the chosen colors.  

First of all, purple represents ‘justice’; gold represents ‘power’; and green represents ‘faith’, reminding us all, believe it or not, that Mardi Gras, is in fact, a religious celebration!  It’s the final ‘anything goes’, right before the sacrifices of lint.  Gotta love those Catholics! 

So, why these colors, you ask?  Well, it seems to be that the Grand Duke Alexis Alexandrovitch Romanoff of Russia, paid a visit to New Orleans, in 1872, and the Krewe of Rex was formed to greet the king, who chose these colors, during his visit.  The Krewe of Rex Parade, gave the colors, their meanings (justice, power, and faith).  

This information seems to be widely found, when sourcing the origins of the color choices; however, in
 the book ‘Krewe:  The Early New Orleans Carnival:  Comus to Zulu’, Errol Laborde, states the colors were chosen, merely because they looked good! 

Now, this is not an original quote of my own, but there is a funny little saying about New Orleans, and it goes like this…. ‘You know you have been in New Orleans too long, when you actually start thinking that purple, green, and gold looks good on you!’ 

A trip to New Orleans, whether it be during Mardi Gras season, or not, you will find the city draped in colors of purple, green, and gold. Regardless of who is right, or wrong, on the origins of these Mardi Gras colors, it is safe to say, the colors ain’t changin’!  

Wishin' ya' a Happy Mardi Gras Season & lots of good eatin'....

Connie Rouble, 

The Mississippi Queen,

Mississippi Queen Foods

 

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