Published : 20/01/2009 07:03:05
Categories : Seasonal Parties
It's cold and miserable outside. The commute home after work is treacherous. The days are getting longer, sure, but its still dark for a long time. Spring is still a long way away. I need something to look forward to. In the dark gloom of winter, nothing brightens my spirits like my brother's Mardi Gras party.
Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, usually falls in mid to late February. Everyone is ready for a tropical themed party in mid to late February. My brother held his first Mardi Gras party many years ago, before we both were married. The idea was solid. Turn up the heat so everyone is comfortable, then break out the shorts, sandals, and grass skirts. Over time the parties grew and evolved.
At one point he had float "competitions" between the Rio de Janeiro Mardi Gras team and the New Orleans Mardi Gras team. Two weeks before the party we guests would be divided into teams, and left to our own devices to build out some kind of float. The only rule was that it had to feature one live person, and be small enough to transport by car. We haven't done any floats in a while, since most of the guests now have kid's and therefore no time to make floats any more. I was always partial to Team New Orleans, as I had visited that city several times.
Guests always dress up, paint their faces, dance, drink, and throw beads. Of course, with kids now as party guests too, the beads don't have quite the same meaning they did when this theme party first got started. Even still, it's a great winter get together that's stood the test of time. So, plan your own Mardi Gras party, and "Laissez Les Bon Temps Roulez".