Mardi Gras came to our shores in 1699 with the French explorers and was celebrated until the Spanish took control. When Louisiana became a State in 1812, Mardi Gras was revived, and by 1827, street dancing was popular. 1837 marked the first Mardi Gras Parade. In 1857, an organized procession of costumed society members, marching bands and rolling floats entertained the Mardi Gras revelers. That was the foundation for future Mardi Gras parades and partying. As a REALTOR, I help many Louisiana families find their homes; but I also work with families who are relocating to Louisiana, looking for homes. When they find their Louisiana home, they will also find a new way of life. Whether you have lived in southeast Louisiana a lifetime, a decade or only a year, you come to know Mardi Gras Magic. It's that underlying anticipation of living life to its fullest extent (before Lent arrives and you commit to "doing without" for a few weeks) that is sustained in our Louisiana everyday lifestyle. Our culture is unlike any other. If you can't have fun "down here," then you can't have fun anywhere! Southeast Louisiana people enjoy living and want everyone to experience joy in their own lives. Joy is defined in the simplest ways, such as good food, good music, dancing, laughing, creativity, outdoor activities, sports, education, family and friends. Bring a good time to whatever it is you do each day, relaxed and happy! That magical feeling of anticipation for the happening of something grand figures into our lives all year long. Parades are planned; throws crafted, costumes designed, menus prepared, masked balls and parties scheduled... all around and through the other parts of life throughout the year, in preparation for Mardi Gras. Other places in the USA may celebrate Mardi Gras, but only in Louisiana has it been a legal holiday since 1875. It's the only place you will live and learn our unique-to-us ... Mardi Gras Magic.
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