A Mardi Gras Tree...

The Mardi Gras Tree, a New Orleans Tradition.

is a Christmas tree decorated in a Mardi Gras motif. Some Louisianians set up a tree with enough decorations to establish the Mardi Gras theme shortly after Twelfth Night, the beginning of Mardi Gras season. When they return from the parades and parties with bags of throws, they add to the decorations on the tree. By the time Fat Tuesday arrives, the tree has become a beautiful display representing all of their Mardi Gras memories for the season.

And, having a real tree indoors is an excellent reminder that Spring is just around the corner.

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