Bringing our son home

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Mardi Gras Fundraiser

Mardi Gras Fundraiser for Clyde and Ronald

Mardi Gras Beads New Orleans

Mardi Gras is an official public holiday in certain places in the United States and across the globe. It is an official state holiday in Louisiana, and Brazil also has made the Carnival celebration an official public holiday.  In the same way that Christmas Eve is a part of the entire Christmas holiday, Mardi Gras is a part of the Carnival celebration.

 Carnival refers to a multi-day season that commemorates the period before Lent, while Mardi Gras is a single Tuesday within that period.The two terms are typically used interchangeably, though they technically are separate entities.  Because they are two parts of the same whole, Mardi Gras celebrations tend to be very similar in nature to Carnival celebrations, featuring public gatherings with colorful costumes and the consumption of rich food and drink. The Carnival season, and Mardi Gras as part of it, is intended as a celebration to precede a period of self denial and fasting during Lent.After a brief hiatus from formal celebrations during the American Civil War, Mardi Gras festivities in New Orleans were reinstated in 1867 with another themed parade from the Comus krewe. In 1871, a second krewe, the Twelfth Night Revelers, joined the festivities, helping to set in motion the trend of a large number of krewes organizing their own festivities during New Orleans' Mardi Gras. Many of the Mardi Gras traditions that are still in place were born during this late 19th century period.

The king cake is a traditional dessert associated with Mardi Gras or Carnival; the cake takes its name from the Bible story of the Three Kings, who met the baby Jesus in an event now commemorated with the celebration of Epiphany. According to the Manny Randazzo bakery in New Orleans, which has been making king cakes for Mardi Gras since 1965, the cake is a mix between an American coffee cake and a French pastry. These cakes may take different forms in different countries and can be round or ovoid in shape, typically with a hollow center, and, in the United States, are often decorated with white icing or glaze and colored decorations in the New Orleans' Mardi Gras colors of green, gold and purple.

  Our family is working hard to raise the funds to bring our boys home by selling Mardi Gras Beads.  We will be selling the beads in sets of 5 different colors for $10.00 and this includes shipping costs.  And with each set of beads you purchase you will be entered into a chance to win a MARDI GRAS CAKE shipped directly to you or a friend.  The more beads you purchase you will be entered into a chance to win.  Also you can either donate $20 and be given 5 chances to win you very own Mardi Gras Cake.  

Mardi Gras doubloons are large metallic coins with no real monetary value that are manufactured to be handed out during Mardi Gras parades and celebrations. The doubloon is one of the traditional 'throws' that are tossed to parade audiences and other revelers; other throws include beads and small trinkets
All beads will be shipped to you direct or to a friend of your choice.
Drawing for the Mardi Gras Cake will be  once all beads are sold.

Please with the purchase of every bead and donation we will be one step closer to bringing our boys home.

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