PARTY ‘TIL YOUR HEELS FLY OFF: MEGA AUTHOR BLOG HOP TOUR – Mardi Gras Ball

The main school of thought concerning Mardi Gras, is it started thousands of years ago, as a celebration of fertility.  Eventually, the Catholic church became involved, in an effort, to stop parishioners from partaking in pagan festivals.  The Church changed the name to Carnival and had the season coincide with the seasons of the Catholic calendar.

Mardi Gras, at one time, began on Twelfth Night, January Sixth, each year.  Twelfth Night was the last of the twelve days of Christmas. However, now it is set to end forty-nine days before Easter Sunday.

Epiphany is the time, between Twelfth Night and Mardi Gras Day, when all the parades and balls are scheduled.

Fat Tuesday (Mardi Gras) is the last day of Epiphany.

Ash Wednesday is the first day of the Lenten season, which runs for forty days, until Easter Sunday.

In 1743, New Orleans, celebrated its first Mardi Gras.  The authorities tried to stop the celebrations, but when they were unsuccessful, they decided to control them, instead.

Parades are public events, which anyone may attend, but the balls are private affairs for the Krewe members and their guests.  Most balls are held after the parade and the this is where the Royalty is announced as they make their way into the party.  Each parade has a King, queen, maids, lieutenants, laidies-in-waiting, and pages.  The balls are highly formal affairs with black-tie tuxedos and ball gowns.  Some balls are similar to masquerades, as they require attendees to where masks, headdresses, and costumes. Generally, each ball will share the theme of the Krewe, and revelers must include the theme in their outfits.

Mardi Gras Balls are steeped in tradition, and some are extravagant affairs.  If you ever get an invitation, clear your calendar and get ready for fun!

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TOUR RULES:

1)  HAVE FUN!!!

2)  INVITE ALL OF YOUR FRIENDS!!! SPREAD THE WORD!!!

3)  THIS TOUR STARTS:  Monday, June 13, at Midnight (Arizona Time)

      THIS TOUR ENDS: Monday, June 20, at Midnight (Arizona Time)

      Winners will be drawn and posted June 21st! *** 

4)  MEET AND MINGLE WITH ALL THE AUTHORS! EXPERIENCE A NEW PARTY DESTINATION AT EVERY STOP! PARTICIPATE IN EVERY BLOG CONTEST AND BE ENTERED FOR CHANCES TO WIN MULTIPLE PRIZES! EVERY BLOG VISITED IS ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY TO WIN!!

5)  PARTICIPATION AT ALL BLOGS IS RECOMMENDED, BUT NOT REQUIRED. REMEMBER, THE MORE BLOGS YOU HOP, THE BETTER YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING PRIZES. EVERY AUTHOR IS WAITING TO MEET AND INTERACT WITH YOU, SO PLEASE BE SURE TO SHOW EVERY AUTHOR SOME LOVE!

6)  DID I MENTION TO HAVE FUN?  WHOO! HOO!! HERE WE GOOOOOOOOOOOO!

 

***Authors have full discretion to choose an alternate winner in the event any winner fails to claim their prize(s) within 72 hours of their name being posted or after notification of  win, whichever comes first. Anyone who participates in this blog hop tour is subject to these rules***

Prizes for participation, including: Grand Prize – PDF copy of “The Keepers”

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65 thoughts on “PARTY ‘TIL YOUR HEELS FLY OFF: MEGA AUTHOR BLOG HOP TOUR – Mardi Gras Ball

  1. Pingback: Party ‘Til Your Heels Fly Off: Mega Author Blog Hop Tour (June 13-20) from KALLYSTEN // tales of love and seduction

  2. This post looks fabulous! I saw this blog hop on Facebook & was curious what it was. So here I am & I’m loving all the new people I’m finding.

  3. This is awesome! I’ve never done a blog hop. Im loving it though. Cool post. I didn’t really know much about Mardi Gras but im now well informed. 😛 Thanks! I think my favorite part about Mardi Gras is the masks. There absolutely beautiful.
    shadow_kohler@att.net

  4. Hi Monique! I look forward to reading your book in the future even if I don’t win, sounds like a good read (: I wish you and the other authors the best of luck on running this blog hop smoothly! I hope to get to talk to you more! I love meeting new authors (: I love all these masks some of you guys are posting on your blog post, I’m a big fan of masquerades and masquerade masks *_*

  5. A fascinating post, all the history and pagentry that is involved, I never realized how far back it went.

    skpetal at hotmail dot com

  6. Growing up on the West Bank of the river, I had always attended the parades. I love the revelry of the Mardi Gras season. I also love the colors and costumes.

  7. I would love to go to Marti Gras at some point. Must get over my anxiety attacks caused by crowds first though, or get some really good drugs from my doctor so that I won’t care, LOL.

    • I’m not good in large crowds either. I do the same! A daquari and I usually relax enough to handle it. I’m not a big drinker but especially in NOLA you can get overwhelmed….the parades in the suburbs and Baton Rouge are smaller. I suggest never going on Bourbon Street on Mardi Gras day. I did that one time and flipped because it was literally a sea of people moving together. I had to get out! LOL but there are smaller parades that are very nice.

  8. I have been on your pages for awhile now. I enjoy talking to you and seeing your work. Thanks for the blog hop and i hope to read your book soon!

  9. Went to Mardi Gras once when I was much much younger :-}. It was FANTASTIC!!! . The crowds were huge and the floats and parade were fabulous. Still have the bead I got from the floats. If you are young you can handle the crowds on Bourbon Street. I couldn’t do it today, but it was great fun back in the 70’s.

  10. I have always wanted to go to Mardi Gras. Maybe some day, dreamin’ it anyway
    mmbourassa(at)hotmail(dot)com

  11. Wow interesting post. In Australia our Mardi Gras is a celebration of sexuality and namely called the Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras! It’s a huge parade that gets bigger and bigger every year.
    I’m really enjoying the blog hop and discovering all the awesome talent that is out there.
    Thanks for participating 🙂

  12. This is such a fascinating history of Mardi Gras. I always knew that it was based in Pagan tradition, but I never realized how much. Thanks for sharing!

  13. You picked a great place to party 🙂 I added you as a fb friend and liked your page as Lindsay Ann. Thanks for the chance to win-your books are must-reads 🙂 edysicecreamlover18ATgmailDOTcom

  14. Great post! I am a Louisiana native from North Louisiana (Blanchard) but I lived in New Orleans for several years in the 90’s and loved Mardi Gras and the parades….

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