Mardi Gras

From flamingos to beads and king cakes to parades, there are many facets to the carnival season known as Mardi Gras. Here's a collection of historical tidbits and facts surrounding this annual celebration in Louisiana.

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  1. We won't be riding on any floats this weekend...but that doesn't mean we don't know how to throw a bead or two! #happymardigras #snaplsu #lsuurec #mardigras #lsu #lplg #foreverlsu
  2. Krewe of Mystique de la Capitale #lsumardigras
  3. Does your king cake baby have LSU spirit? Snap and share with #LSUMardiGras
  4. Phoebe enjoying the Krewe of Mutts parade this past Sunday #lsupets #lsumardigras
  5. My king cake baby is doing push ups like a real G . #LSUmardigras . I didn't eat the cake though.
  6. From Where I Stand: Enjoying the day in Downtown BR at the Krewe of Mutts Parade! #rsmbphotoaday #cmbnphotoaday
  7. I hope everyone's ready for a LSU mardi gras #lsumardigras #lsuedits
  8. Parade Throws

  9. The History of LSU's Purple and Gold is tied to Mardi Gras

    There is some discrepancy in the origin of Royal Purple and Old Gold as LSU's official colors. Below is the most widely accepted scenario:

    It is believed that the colors were worn for the first time by an LSU team in the spring of 1893 when the LSU baseball squad beat Tulane in the first intercollegiate contest played in any sport by Louisiana State University. Team captain E.B. Young reportedly handpicked those colors for the LSU squad.

    Later that year, the first football game was played. On Nov. 25, 1893, football coach/chemistry professor Charles Coates and some of his players went into town to purchase ribbon to adorn their gray jerseys as they prepared to play the first LSU gridiron game.

    Stores were stocking ribbons in the colors of Mardi Gras -- purple, gold and green. -- for the coming Carnival season. However, none of the green had yet arrived at Reymond's Store at the corner of Third and Main streets. Coates and quarterback Ruffin Pleasant bought up all of the purple and gold stock and made it into rosettes and badges.