Mardi Gras is just around the corner, and you want to participate. But you don’t want to go all the way to Galveston or New Orleans. This year, you don’t have to, thanks to the Triple-H Houston Hard Hitters. The organization is hosting the Houston Mardi Gras Parade/Trail Ride. The group is inviting marching bands, riding clubs, dance groups, and more to join in the fun. The parade will take place on Feb. 11 at 2 p.m. sharp, and registration is required if you want to take part in it. If you just want to show up and watch the fun, the gates open at 10 a.m., and you can find a spot along the route any time before the parade departs.
This parade will join a long list of Mardi Gras celebrations. Get some fun facts about Mardi Gras, and get ready to catch some beads.
New Orleans Isn’t the Birthplace of Mardi Gras Parades
You probably think the Mardi Gras parade was born in New Orleans, but that isn’t true. In reality, the first Mardi Gras parade occurred in Mobile, Alabama, and the city still puts on quite a celebration to this day. Now, Mardi Gras parades take place all over the country, and this year, Houston will join in on the fun. Will this be the start of a new Houston tradition?
New Orleans Parades Didn’t Have Floats Until the 1850s
These days, New Orleans Mardi Gras parades are filled with floats, but that wasn’t always the case. The city’s first Mardi Gras parade was in 1837, but the first floats didn’t come for another two decades. Expect to see lots of floats at the Houston Mardi Gras parade. After all, it’s hard to imagine a Mardi Gras parade without floats these days.
Beads Have Meanings
Have you ever noticed that Mardi Gras beads come in purple, gold, and green? These colors were selected based on their meanings. Purple stands for justice, gold means power, and green stands for faith. In the old days, they used to pick the color of bead to toss to each person, but now, the beads are hurled indiscriminately.
Mardi Gras has a fun history, and you are going to have a blast adding to the history in Houston this year. You will also have a blast at Mike Calvert Toyota in Houston, Texas. We might not have been around as long as Mardi Gras, but we have been a staple in Houston since 1983. Over the years, we have built a reputation for offering the best in service and vehicles. Stop by and see us today.