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Mardi Gras Masks

Even though Mardi Gras colors are purple, green and gold, Masquerade masks come in all colors. There is a mask to match any costume. If you're wondering how masks and Mardi Gras became synonymous it all originated in the 16th century Venice where the socially elite held elaborate masquerade parties during Carnival. The guests wore masks to hide their identity enabling them to act in ways that were considered too daring and flirtatious for the time. By hiding ones identity, no one would know who was or was not acting inappropriately. Now these parties are associated with Mardi Gras and the flirtatious behavior is far more daring than the Venetians could ever have imagined.

The biggest place for Mardi Gras is New Orleans and the craziest parties happen in the French Quarter on Bourbon Street. But you can have a Mardi Gras or masquerade party anywhere or any time. Just make sure that all of your guests come in costume are arrive wearing their Mardi Gras masks. Decorate your house with streamers, beads and Mardi Gras decorations and serve your king cakes, po'boys and bourbon sours for free spirited Mardi Gras masquerade parties.