I was born and raised in New Orleans in South Louisiana. And even though I am at Floridian now I still consider that to be home… Every year Mardi Gras is extremely special time to us and to the residents of Louisiana. It is easily one of my top three favorite holidays and it wasn’t until I left Louisiana that I realized that it wasn’t celebrated everywhere (although it is celebrated in many cultures, I thought it was a nationwide holiday since Louisianans were off from work and school for a few days lol).
Looking back now, I wonder what elements of the celebrations are magical. I know many of my favorite parades and floats throughout the Mardi Gras season are based on Greek figures like Bacchus or Endymion. I do also know that the Catholic Church is heavily steeped in Mardi Gras tradition which leads me to believe that there must traditions that were also “borrowed” from other beliefs and cultures.
Does anyone have any ties or magical stories related to Mardi Gras season? I’m really missing home right now and even though all Mardi Gras festivities in the city have been cancelled, New Orleanians still find ways to celebrate and Mark this season. I’m missing it some bad and would love to hear of anyone’s experiences or if info you have on it in relation to the pagan/Wiccan/magical world.