HOMETOWN: New Orleans – The Chromatics of Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras Flag -Under Oak TreesNew Orleans has its own cuisine, its own music, and its own seasons.  Over the past ten days houses all over town have taken on raiments of purple, green, and gold and are just as generously and imaginatively decked out as they are at Christmas time.  While most U.S. cities are still shivering and wondering why on earth there is this long dry spell between New Year’s and Easter, we have a fortnight of celebration, parades, balls, and the associated decorations of Mardi Gras.  Mardi Gras colors are strong.  Chosen by the King of Rex more than a hundred years ago, they symbolize justice, faith, and power.  While the color combination may not appeal to everyone, it resonates in this City every bit as much as the red, white, and blue. Although I personally prefer purple, green and gold to green and red or orange and black as holiday colors, I would hesitate to recommend any of these combinations as a palette for interior design!  Just know that when you see purple, green, and gold, one thing is sure:  there’s a party underway!
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