Why do you wear a Mardi Gras Masks?
It is traditional to wear a mask on Mardi Gras Day. Wear one instead of a costume, or with a costume. For one day you can be anonymous. Many hollywood celebrities come to New Orleans and mask because for one day because they can be truly be free. Masks can express your inner secretive personality or your alter ego.
Did you ever want to be someone else? You can live out a fantasy. How about walking through a crowd of people and not one person knowing who you are? That kind of freedom is why people come to Mardi Gras — to let out their alter ego.
Masks (and costumes) are also used at the parades and in the French Quarter to get attention from the float riders and the balcony revelers, so they will throw more stuff if they like your costume. Couples often color coordinate or deliberately contrast. Groups of friends can all wear the same mask. Men dress as women and women dress as men.
Fun with Mardi Gras Masks
Masks are made out of feathers, sequins, glitter, and even plaster. Sometimes people wear a stickmask, or a zorro type mask. The idea on Fat Tuesday in New Orleans is to wear a mask, any kind of mask or costume. It is part of the fun and festivities that make Mardi Gras such an unusual holiday.
If you are having a party, what better way to break the ice and start many new conversations with costumed masked guest. Everyone will not know who everyone else is and it is so much fun to discover who is behind the costume. It is also fun to see people get creative with their costumes and masks.
History of Mardi Gras Masks
Imagine walking through a true masquerade ball of olden day New Orleans. Men dressed in their finest tuxedos and women in magnificent ball gowns. Everyone dons a mask leaving much to the imagination. Elaborate stick masks entice others at the ball with only seductive eyes and sensuous lips exposed. The mystery behind a mask lives today in New Orleans for one magical day, Mardi Gras.
Masks have been worn in New Orleans during masked balls for centuries. Masking originated with secretive organizations (carnival crews) and the secret upper class. No one knew who they were and they could stay anonymous. The concept of wearing masks moved to the street where everyone would wear a mask and have a big celebration on the street.