Once again it’s Carnival time! That’s right, the widely misunderstood time that tourists refer to as Mardi Gras.
Let me just clear up a few facts:
1. The season is Carnival season, the actual day, Mardi Gras falls on a Tuesday, or Fat Tuesday.
2. The groups that ride are called Krewes, yes that’s how it’s spelled.
3. Most of the Krewes hold balls. They are formal or black tie. Some of the older Krewes have white tie and tails.
4. The ranking on a float is as such: King, Queen, Captain, Duke, Duchess, maids, junior maids and pages. The women are usually/almost always debutantes.
5. Carnival season begins on January 6, or Twelfth Night. Parades usually begin mid-January and go until early to mid-February.
Those are the 5 basic historical facts you need to know about Carnival. I will be back to update for NYFW and parade info.