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Mardi Gras Colors

Ever wonder how the official Mardi Gras colors - purple, green and gold - were chosen? We know.

Rex selected the official Mardi Gras colors in 1872 to honor the visiting Russian Grand Duke Alexis Alexis Alexandrovich Romanoff, whose house colors were purple, green and gold. The 1892 Rex Parade theme "Symbolism of Colors" affirmed the colors' meaning.


The Meaning and Origin of Purple, Green, and Gold in Mardi Gras

Purple Represents Justice. Green Represents Faith. Gold Represents Power.


BONUS: It's interesting to note that our Mardi Gras colors influenced the choice of school colors for archrivals Louisiana State University and Tulane University.

When LSU was deciding on its colors, the shops in New Orleans had stocked up on purple, green, and gold material for the Mardi Gras season. LSU decided upon purple and gold, and bought much of it. Tulane bought much of the only remaining color--green! (Their colors are blue and green.)

Remember to wear the Mardi Gras colors of purple, green and gold during Mardi Gras whenever you're not in costume!

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