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Mardi Gras Traditions - Part 1

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Fat Tuesday may have come and gone, it’s never too late to unmask some Mardi Gras traditions.  I read this fascinating article from International Business Times (IBT) and wanted to share that with you.  Let’s dive right into some interesting Mardi Gras traditions:

Wearing Masks
During early Mardi Gras celebrations hundreds of years ago, masks were a way for people to escape class constraints and social demands. Mask wearers could mingle with people of all different classes and could be whomever they desired, at least for a few days.

Centuries ago, shoes were also a sign of class.  If you couldn’t afford shoes, you went barefoot, which can cause a ton of problems! HFAA has many different styles and brands for you to choose from so no one will go shoeless today.

Flambeaux
Flambeaux, meaning flame-torch, was originally people carrying torches of shredded rope through the streets to light up the roads for enjoyment of the nighttime festivities. 

If you’re playing with fire, use extreme caution! Many people don’t think of feet as an area prone to burns, but with open toed shoes, sandals, or no shoe gear, feet can feel the heat!  We’ve experienced our fair share of foot burns, including burns from cooking barefoot!

Throwing Beads 
The tradition of bead throwingstarted because of their colors.  The king of the first daytime Carnival in 1872 wanted the colors to be royal– purple for justice, gold for power and green for faith. The concept was to toss the color to the person who exhibited the color’s meaning. The beads were originally made of glass which was not the best for throwing!

The thought of throwing around glass in a crowed place makes me cringe! I have seen way too many foot injures due to stepping on glass to support that habit.  Let’s just stick with the modern day plastic beads instead. But, our state of the art facility has you cover in case of a glass injury with on site digital radiographs. 

Stay tuned as we unmask traditions of Rex, the King of the Carnival, and handing out Zulu coconuts! Until then, stop by HFAA to unmask your podiatric problems! We’ll get you back on your feet in no time!

 

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