Tuesday, February 21

Happy Mardi Gras

Here are some fun facts about Mardi Gras and this year's celebration:
  • The 2012 Mardi Gras celebration will be the 200th year for New Orleans
  • The official colors of Mardi Gras are purple; which stands for justice, green; which stands for faith, and gold; which stands for power
  • Louisiana is the only state that has made Mardi Gras an official holiday
  • 4,000 tons of trash is usually collected each year just in the Central Business District and French Quarter after Mardi Gras
  • There are 36,993 hotels rooms in New Orleans and the occupancy rate is usually in the 90th percentile
  • The bead throwing became a Mardi Gras tradition when a member of one of the Krewes dressed up as Santa Claus and threw glass beads as gifts. The bead throwing was so popular that it has continued on ever since

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