Don’t forget to wear your special outfit / mask… It’s Mardi Gras!
As always we do not include on the website the address of the host for privacy reasons. For the address, please check out the evite email that you received!
Next, message from the host, Angelina Lewis, who is generously opening her doors for our CVWC February meeting!
Please join us next Thursday for our February meeting. It will be a wonderful night of food, friendship and vino! We will be celebrating and embracing the Louisiana tradion of Mardi Gras! We will have a photo booth, books on NOLA, Mardi Gras on the tables, Cajun music, and much more! We ask that attendies dress up for the occasion to make the event that much more fun!
The origins of Mardi Gras can be traced to medieval Europe, passing through Rome and Venice in the 17th and 18th centuries to the French House of the Bourbons. From here, the traditional revelry of “Boeuf Gras,” or fatted calf, followed France to her colonies.
On March 2, 1699, French-Canadian explorer Jean Baptiste Le Moyne Sieur de Bienville arrived at a plot of ground 60 miles directly south of New Orleans, and named it “Pointe du Mardi Gras” when his men realized it was the eve of the festive holiday. Bienville also established “Fort Louis de la Louisiane” (which is now Mobile) in 1702. In 1703, the tiny settlement of Fort Louis de la Mobile celebrated America’s very first Mardi Gras.
In 1704, Mobile established a secret society (Masque de la Mobile), similar to those that form our current Mardi Gras krewes. It lasted until 1709. In 1710, the “Boeuf Gras Society” was formed and paraded from 1711 through 1861. The procession was held with a huge bull’s head pushed along on wheels by 16 men. Later, Rex would parade with an actual bull, draped in white and signaling the coming Lenten meat fast. This occurred on Fat Tuesday.
Also, please be thinking of what CVWC position you would enjoy next year.
See you all soon!