The Origin of Mardi Gras

Where Mardi Gras actually came from depends on who you ask. There are many who feel that it has its origins in pagan rituals formed around fertility and spring. Others believe the Catholic Church’s stance on meat and sex started the celebrations and formed the origin of Mardi Gras. People wanted to party before Lent. In March of 1699, a French explorer found himself about 60 miles from the site of modern-day New Orleans. Realizing what day it was back in his home country, he held a small gala. Only a few short years later, French settlers in Mobile, Alabama held Mardi Gras celebrations, as well.

When people ask “what is Mardi Gras?” there are many versions and opinions. Whether it’s pagan or Catholic based, and how you choose to celebrate it, the festivities can be a lot of fun for all ages. Candy and cakes are commonly eaten during the Mardi Gras season, and it’s also common to have parades. People marching in the parade and riding on the floats throw moon pies, candy, and strings of beads for the people in the crowd to catch. It’s a great time for everyone.

For more information on Mardi Gras in the Simi Valley area, contact the Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival today.