Mardi Gras Chuck Wagon

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This wagon carried the supplies for the cow boy and cow girl group. The traditional colors for Mardi Gras, purple, green and gold are found here. By the way, the colors just happened to be on the costume borrowed for the first Rex, King of Carnival in 1872. They were not selected for any specific reason. The 1892 Rex Parade theme Symbolism of Colors gave meaning to the colors: purple represents justice; green, faith; and gold, power.

It's interesting to note that our Mardi Gras colors influenced the choice of school colors for arch rivals Louisiana State University and Tulane University.

When LSU was deciding on its colors, the shops in New Orleans had stocked up on purple, green, and gold material for the Mardi Gras season. LSU decided upon purple and gold, and bought much of it. Tulane bought much of the only remaining color -- green! (Their colors are blue and green.)

Remember to wear the Mardi Gras colors of purple, green and gold during Mardi Gras whenever you're not in costume!


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