Saturday, September 1, 2012

Purple, Gold And Green Are The Official Mardi Gras Colors, But What Do They Mean?

During the Mardi Gras Season you'll see the traditional color combination of purple, gold and green practically everywhere in New Orleans. Hotels, restaurants, stores, visitors as well as locals will be decked out with beads, clothing and just about anything else you can think of in the official colors.   
As far as the history of this tradition, it is said that the Krewe of Rex (Rex is the King of Carnival) allowed the Grand Duke Alexis Romanoff of Russia to select the Mardi Gras Colors in 1872 during the Duke's visit to New Orleans. They also became the official colors of the House of Romanoff.

Purple  - Represents Justice
Green - Represents Faith

Gold - Represents Power

It was during the 1892 Rex Parade that the meaning of the colors was declared through the theme "Symbolism of Colors".
Click here to view this link for more details on Mardi Gras colors.
So make sure when you're in Nawlins during Mardi Gras that you wear the colors, even if it's just a few strands of beads. You'll fit right in!
Thanks for visiting! Feel free to leave comments below.
Sondra Carpenter
The Mardi Gras Girl


  1. In my country, purple has an antiseptic and purifying sense. It also reduces appetite :)

  2. i do like colors because of their holy and traditional, cultural spirit. In India you can find the holy and traditional meaning of colors. For more go on to