What Do the Mardi Gras Colors Mean?

Have you ever wondered why the colors purple, green, and gold are synonymous with Mardi Gras? King cakes, masks, beads, décor – you name it - it’s all covered in purple, green, and gold. Well, Razzoo’s Cajun Café has done a little research into the matter and we’re here to give you the scoop:

The Colors Date Back to 1872

The year was 1872. It was the first Rex parade and the Rex selected the colors purple, green, and gold. Many have been told it was in honor of a visiting Russian Duke, Duke Alexei Alexandrovich Romanoff, but we’re not really sure if that’s true or not.

Why Purple, Green, and Gold?

Whether in honor of the dignitary or not, it’s often thought that the colors were chosen to symbolize wealth and royalty, with purple being a royal color, gold a natural metallic suitable of a king, and then green being chosen because it’s a suitable color for a coat of arms. According to the rules of a coat of arms, the only acceptable colors are red, blue, purple, green, and black. When purple was chosen (and researchers assume it was chosen first), the only acceptable compliment would be green.

What Do the Mardi Gras Colors Mean?

Alright – so back to the actual meaning. In addition to symbolizing royalty, the Rex of the 1892 parade gave each color a meaning: Purple means justice, green means faith, and gold means power.

Wear Purple, Green, and Gold and Celebrate at Razzoo’s!

Come celebrate the spirit of Mardi Gras and all it stands for with us at Razzoo’s Cajun Café! Now through March 5, enjoy amazing Mardi Gras drink specials, appetizer specials, and more! Mardi Gras specials going on now at all of our locations, including Round Rock, Lewisville, Tyler, College Station, Lubbock, and more.

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