Mardi Gras season is here! For you New Orleans natives, it may be old hat, but if you’ve recently moved to the area, you may be unaware of some of the local customs and practices. When and where do parades roll? What is the deal with king cake? Who is “Rex”? It’s a lot to try to understand if you’re not from this area, but you may know more than you think! Try this true or false quiz to test your Mardi Gras IQ, and see how you stack up against the locals. Good luck!
Mardi Gras IQ Test
- Mardi Gras parades roll on Fat Tuesday only. Any other parades during the season are not considered official Mardi Gras parades.
- The Krewe of Rex parade rolls on Mardi Gras morning, with Rex being referred to as the King of Carnival.
- “Mardi Gras” and “Carnival” can be used synonymously.
- If you find the plastic baby in your piece of king cake, legend says that you will be blessed with a baby within the next calendar year.
- It has never snowed on Mardi Gras Day.
- While most beads are made of plastic, some special beads are made of glass, and are considered a treasure.
- The Krewe of Endymion finishes its parade route inside the Superdome.
- Parade watchers stand either on the “sidewalk side” or the “neutral ground” side of the street.
- It is considered rude to ask a parade rider to throw something to you.
- Since they are masked, parade riders are encouraged to wear hats, scarves, etc. that distinguish them from other riders so family and friends can recognize them on the route.
- Coconuts and shoes are two of the most coveted throws that all parade-goers long to catch.
- Lundi Gras is the name for the Monday before Mardi Gras day.
- Most New Orleans parades roll down Bourbon Street.
- While parades are free, you will most likely have to pay a fee to watch a parade from a balcony.
- Costumes and colored wigs are commonplace for the Mardi Gras season.
Answers: 1. F, 2. T, 3. T, 4. F, 5. F, 6. T, 7. T, 8. T, 9. F, 10. F, 11. T, 12. T, 13. F, 14. T, 15. T
0-4: You are a Mardi Gras novice. Check out some Mardi Gras trivia http://www.neworleanscvb.com/calendar-events/mardi-gras/fun-facts/ and make a date to experience a parade with seasoned attender.
5-8: You’re getting there, but you still have some work to do. Buy Arthur Hardy’s Mardi Gras Guide http://www.mardigrasguide.com/ and attend at least five parades this season as “research.”
9-13: While you may not be a local, you are very comfortable discussing Mardi Gras customs with others. You might even find yourself considering joining a krewe and riding in a parade in the near future.
14-16: Wow, you really know your Mardi Gras stuff! You are the contact person for those who have questions about where to park, what to wear, etc. You have probably ridden in a parade, or at least own a colored wig or two. Congratulations!