If there’s one thing Isle of Capri Casino® Lake Charles knows how to do- it’s party! Hands down, one of our favorite celebratory holidays would have to be Mardi Gras! Each year, we look forward to all of the exciting events centered on this upbeat holiday. This year, we’ve got some fun things in store! With Mardi Gras only three weeks away, it’s time to start making plans to celebrate. You’ll learn more about what we have planned in a bit, but first, read on to learn about some interesting Mardi Gras traditions.
Mardi Gras History
Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, is a centuries old celebration, affectionately known as America’s Greatest Party. Its roots can be traced back to Medieval Europe, passing through Rome and Venice in the 17th and 18th centuries. In 1718, the governor of Louisiana established elegant society balls. People would often celebrate all around New Orleans in honor of these secret societies, but the celebrations were not nearly as grand as they are today. Fast-forward to modern day, Mardi Gras has certainly taken on a life of its own. Now, Mardi Gras highlights the last night of eating rich, fatty foods before the ritual fasting season.
Mardi Gras Traditions
Mardi Gras is all about parades, music, and food! You’ll see crazy costumes and happy faces all over the place. It’s overall, just an outrageously good time. Mardi Gras is known for its unique traditions. Here are some interesting facts about some popular Mardi Gras traditions.
- Beads and Throws: If you were to ask anyone what they think of when they think of Mardi Gras, they’d probably immediately mention the throwing of beads. The throwing of trinkets into crowds first started in 1884. The King’s float would often throw doubloons into the crowd of Bacchus parade goers. Receiving a trinket with the King’s face was thought to bring good luck. People feel just as lucky when they receive beads today.
- Carnival: The carnival might be the number one reason travelers come to New Orleans for Mardi Gras. It’s full of parades, balls, and celebrations, leading up to Fat Tuesday. Though people often see Carnival and Mardi Gras as one in the same, they are actually two separate things. Carnival is a time to eat, drink, and be merry before a rigorous fasting and sacrifice for lent.
- The Masks: Masks have been popular amongst a myriad of different societies for centuries. Mardi Gras masks originated as a ritual celebration. In the beginning, when one wore a mask, it enabled them to escape the societal constraints imposed onto them. People could be whoever they wanted to be, without fear of discrimination. Today everyone wears masks, as a sign of joyful expression.
Our Mardi Gras Plans
The thrills of Mardi Gras are just too fun to miss. So, we thought we’d get in on the celebratory action. We’ve created some Mardi Gras inspired promotions just for our most loyal guests. Check them out below.
- Blinky Bead Bash: Earn 150 tier points or have 1 hour of rated table play and receive a free set of blinky beads. Maximum of 2 sets of blinky beads can be earned per guest while supplies last. When: Sundays, January 17 and 24, noon to 6 p.m.
- Gift Days: Pick up free Mardi Gras themed gifts. Earn 250 tier points or have 2 hours of rated table play and receive a free gift. Maximum of 2 gifts can be earned per guest, while supplies last. When: Sundays, January 5-26, 3-8 p.m.
If you’re as much a fan of Mardi Gras as we are, then come on down to Isle of Capri® for a night of fun. You can’t go wrong with great dining, gaming, and prizes. Hope to see you soon!