Mardi Gras doubloons and wooden coins used as Mardi Gras throws can be struck with specific images unique to the customer and then mass-produced. The higher price of customized coins and doubloons reflects the initial work that goes into making the mass-produced coins unique.Continue Reading
Customizing Mardi Gras doubloons and wooden coins involves creating a good design for both sides of the coin and sending it to the manufacturer, or providing general guidelines and working with the manufacturer's designer to come up with a custom design. Images on Mardi Gras doubloons and coins typically contain the parade theme and the logo or name of the krewe that is throwing them at the event.
Mardi Gras parades in New Orleans date back to the 1830s, and the trinkets tossed from floats into the crowd, called throws, date to the 1920s. Wooden nickels were first used as throws in the 1930s, and Mardi Gras doubloons were first used as throws in 1960. These doubloons were originally minted in aluminum and are now made in both aluminum and plastic in a range of colors. Competition among krewes for the most memorable objects imprinted with their logos is not uncommon today, and throws can range from Frisbees to beer cups. Doubloons, however, remain the most collectible of all Mardi Gras trinkets.Learn more about Mardi Gras
While the New Orleans Mardi Gras celebration may be the most famous in the country, there are many other cities in the United States that celebrate Mardi Gras, including Biloxi, Mississippi; Mobile, Alabama; and Pensacola, Florida. These Mardi Gras celebrations are among the oldest in the country, some of which may even predate the Mardi Gras celebration in New Orleans.Full Answer >
Mardi Gras falls on the Tuesday immediately before Ash Wednesday, which is the official beginning of Lent. Mardi Gras is seen as a hedonistic celebration that will prepare revelers for the period of fasting and religious self control that follows during Lent.Full Answer >
In French, the word "Mardi" means "Tuesday," and the word "gras" means "fat," meaning that Mardi Gras translates to English as "Fat Tuesday." The name comes from the practice of preparing for the start of a period of fasting on Ash Wednesday, which immediately follows Mardi Gras. This preparation may involve eating rich foods and using up ingredients like fat, eggs and dairy, which may not be allowed during Lent.Full Answer >
Mardi Gras, which translates as "fat Tuesday," falls on a different day each year. Mardi Gras is the day before Ash Wednesday and is also known in some countries as Shrove Tuesday. The date of Easter Sunday, and therefore Ash Wednesday, changes each year.Full Answer >