Does Haiti have better Mardi Gras Costumes

The traditional Mardi Gras ball is a lavish affair, calling for floor-length gowns for women and tuxedos for men. For the parades leading up to Mardi Gras, it's casual, comfortable attire. Nobody attends the Mardi Gras celebration in a simple way. It is a celebration of eating richer, fatty foods, preceding the fasting season of Lent. The Celebrations vary from city to city. Mardi Gras celebrations feature masks, costumes, beads, debauchery, and letting your inhibitions go. Children dress in fairies, butterflies, clowns, princess or as their superhero. Men's Mardi Gras costumes include court jesters, gladiators, crawfish and many others. The more outlandish is the costume, it is better. However, some partygoers tend to tone things down by wearing more subtle costumes in the Mardi Gras colors of purple, turquoise, and gold.


In the beginning, Mardi Gras masks used to allow people of the lower classes to mix undetected with aristocrats, however, in 1837, when the first organized parade came to the streets, the tradition of masking was banned as the disguised bandits started acts of robbery and violence behind their covered faces. The popular practices of Mardi Gras costume include wearing masks, capuchons, and costumes, overturning social conventions, drinking alcohol, dancing, begging, whipping, feasting, etc. Most of the traditional Mardi Gras costumes have been originated in the early rural France during the same celebration.

Those costumes not only conceal the identity, allow them to parody or mimicry the authority figures in the society. In the early days, the women in Acadiana ((official name given to the French Louisiana region) used to make costumes for their men to "Courir de Mardi Gras" (or Fat Tuesday run). On Mardi Gras day, these masked men would go from farm to farm knocking on doors, dancing, singing, and asking for rice, chickens and whatever was necessary to make a gumbo (a stew or soup of meat or shellfish and vegetables, that originated in southern Louisiana during the 18th century). Haitian costumes for the celebration have many observable features and symbolic meanings.

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