Catholic Carnival 207 — Carpe Deum!

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Carnival, the season of revelry before Mardi Gras, officially began on January 6.

Catholic Carnival 207 is based on the Mardi Gras parades which mark the Carnival season in New Orleans. The season begins on January 6 and ends on Fat Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday. This is the last big hurrah before the penitential season of Lent.

Parade themes are usually inspired by great literature, art, history, and culture. Inspired by your posts, the theme for this Catholic Carnival parade is Carpe Deum.

The Captain, masked, and riding a white horse, guides the parade along its route. Join me, your Captain, and 1st time host of the Catholic Carnival, as we begin our parade.

The King waves to his subjects from his elaborately adorned float.

Rex - King of Carnival

    Along the route, the King stops to toast his Queen. Let us honor our Queen:

  • Ever wondered just what the Mother of God has to do with modern women? In Mary, Inspiration for Modern Women, Sarah at Behold Your Mother shares some wisdom from Paul VI and finds relevance for today’s woman.
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Mardi Gras is filled with pomp and circumstance, as well as Catholic liturgical symbolism. The royal colors of Mardi Gras are purple, green, and gold. The Rex parade selected these official colors in 1872. Purple represents justice; green represents faith; and gold represents power.

Traditionally one of the first floats in the parade, the boeuf gras, or fatted ox, represents the last meat eaten before our forty day Lenten fast.

Boeuf Gras

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Comedy and Tragedy masks are the Greek symbols of the theater, and since during Carnival time all the world’s a stage, they have been adopted as symbols of Mardi Gras.

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“Throw me something, Mister!” Float riders began throwing trinkets to the crowds in the 1870s. This tradition still continues. Mardi Gras “throws” include beads, doubloons, cups, and even stuffed animals.

    And just for fun:

  • Evann at Homeschool Goodies has posted a recipe and history of the King Cake traditionally served throughout the Carnival season.

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Special thanks to all who contributed to this Catholic Carnival! Learn more about the Catholic Carnival. Get involved, and submit a post!

Float images courtesy of the Louisiana State Museum Carnival Collection

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