Mardi Gras Decorations

by blackspanielgallery

After Christmas comes Mardi Gras, and the season of Mardi Gras starts January 6. That means you can decorate your Christmas tree with a Mardi Gras theme instead of taking it down.

I remember when a few Mardi Gras banners and flags were about the only decorations one would see. But, that has changed. Now it seems that every year we have more outdoor decorations, and more indoor decorations. In this area Mardi Gras is important, and it is becoming common for people to get into the spirit with home decorations.

After Hurricane Katrina there was a debate over whether or not Mardi Gras should occur. Many people were still rebuilding their homes, and things were not normal. Some thought it to be an insult to those who were depressed. Fortunately, the decision was that a distraction from depressing things was possibly what was really needed, and Mardi Gras went on. Yes, it is that important in this area.

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Outdoor Lights

People are using strings of outdoor lights, much like Christmas lights.  They are not used by as many people as decorate for Christmas, but the number of decorated homes is increasing.  Few are elaborate, most are simple with just a few strings of lights.  What is important is the use of the Mardi Gras colors which are purple, green, and gold.   It is possible to find Mardi Gras colors in lights, but even if one were to have difficulty it is possible to use three strings of Christmas lights, one of each Mardi Gras color.

Mardi Gras Lights

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Reusing Artificial Christmas Trees

Christmas trees do not have to be put away.  Some people in this area just redecorate the Christmas tree on January 6.  Of course real trees will dry out and become a fire hazard.  And, in the climate of Louisiana living Christmas trees is not really viable as an option.  But, artificial Christmas trees can serve as a focal point with Mardi Gras decorations. 


First, change out the lights to purple, green, and gold if possible.  Or, add a special string of Mardi Gras lights.  Uncolored lights do not require changing.  Then, add Mardi Gras decorations.  These are usually masks and colored bows.  Mardi Gras decorations are usually larger pieces than Christmas ornaments, so the tree can be decorated quickly and with little effort.  

Small Items to Set Out

Small items can be added to a table top or to a mantle.  People place a few pieces scattered about their homes.  Not many people will approach Christmas in the degree of the decorations.  Just a few well chosen items are enough to add to the spirit of festivity.  And enjoying the season while enhancing the joy of Mardi Gras in friends and family is then accomplished.  And, what is the real good news is that you do not have to live in a place that celebrates Mardi Gras to participate in your home.


Updated: 08/25/2015, blackspanielgallery
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blackspanielgallery on 08/31/2015

Thanks. People here just like to celebrate.

CruiseReady on 08/31/2015

There is nothing in this world quite like Mardi Gras, especially in New Orleans. Mardi Gras decorations, what a fun reminder of a very special time in an equally special city

blackspanielgallery on 08/26/2015

Thanks for commenting.

happynutritionist on 08/26/2015

An interesting idea, decorating the tree again. I have never been involved in mardi gras but do know it's important to those who live in NO. We had the same situation when we had hurricane sandy just before Halloween. Most could not get around on the streets due to downed trees, no power, etc., so there were no trick or treaters.

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