Jeff In Jefferson

Mardi Gras Tree

Mardi Gras Tree

By Jeff Campbell/Jeff In Jefferson

The year I lived in Louisiana was one of the most rewarding experiences I have ever had, both professionally and personally. In Louisiana there is an abundance of history, music, food-ways, language and culture to study and experience. One of these best known experiences is Mardi Gras, a holiday we also celebrate here in Jefferson, Texas.

One of the traditions I learned of in Louisiana is the Mardi Gras Tree. After Christmas some Louisianans strip the Christmas ornaments off the tree but leave the tree standing. The barren tree is redecorated with trinkets, bauble and ornaments of green, purple and gold.

As the Mardi Gras season starts in Louisiana there are numerous parades leading up to Fat Tuesday. Parade attendees collect their beads during this time and take them home to further decorate their Mardi Gras Tree.

We have a Mardi Gras Tree at the Jefferson Visitor and Transportation Building. If you’ve got beads, bring them by and pitch them on our tree!

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