Annual Mardi Gras celebrations promise lots of parties


When you think of Mardi Gras, you likely picture colorful beads, elaborate masks, wild parades and general revelry. But how much do you really know about Mardi Gras?

Those purple, green, and gold beads actually mean something. They come from King Cake, which is rumored to have come from France to New Orleans in 1870.

Each color represents a different virtue. Purple for justice, green for faith, and gold for power.

Beyond these traditional colors, hidden inside each cake is a plastic baby. That’s right: a baby.

If you happen to get the slice with the plastic baby it’s considered good luck.

Whatever you decide to do for Mardi Gras, be creative, have fun, and, most importantly, be safe.

Jeff Kode

Jeff Kode has previously written articles for The Arizona Republic, as well as other publications including Echo Magazine and IONAZ Magazine. He is an enthusiastic movie lover, and enjoys discovering new music. He was previously on air middays with his own show The Sugar Rush, 6-9 am on The Morning Beat with Steve and Jeff, and can now be heard during the afternoon drive 3 to 5 pm at 88.7 The Pulse.