Workman’s Friend Celebrates Mardi Gras!

New Orleans is best known for its pre-Lenten Carnival celebration known as Mardi Gras, or ‘Fat Tuesday’. This massive celebration takes place every year on the weeks leading to the day before Ash Wednesday. Ash Wednesday marks the first day of the Catholic Lenten Season. The tradition of Mardi Gras has spread across the country to cities including Galveston, Texas and to Mobile, Alabama to Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. The celebrations are also full of time-honored traditions. Workman's Friend has made a list of some Mardi Gras traditions that will enhance your understanding of the celebrations.



The traditional colors of Mardi Gras are purple, green, and gold. The Krewe of Rex chose these colors in 1872 in part to honor the Russian Grand Duke Alexei Alexandrovich Romanov, who visited New Orleans during that year’s carnival season. The krewe asked the people of New Orleans to display the colors. The color purple was chosen to represent justice. The color green was chosen to represent faith. The color gold was chosen to represent power.



Mardi Gras krewes are social organizations that host balls or put on parades each carnival season. Some krewes have open membership, while others are highly exclusive or secretive. The two best-known krewes that parade on Mardi Gras day are the Krewe of Rex and the Krewe of Zulu. Krewes hold elaborate parties, known as balls, where members dress in traditional Mardi Gras costumes. Some of these parties will let non-members attend for a hefty price!



The weeks leading to the last official day of celebration are filled with parades. The first documented Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans occurred in 1837. New Orleans will host around 75 parades each year. There are even Mardi Gras parades just for kids and just for pets! Yes, even pets dress up in Mardi Gras costumes and parade through the streets to strut their stuff!



One of the most treasured traditions for Mardi Gras are the traditional Mardi Gras masks. Some people paint their faces to look like they are wearing a mask, while others spend hundreds of dollars creating their own, original Mardi Gras mask using expensive beads and even real gems.



Beads were thrown from floats since the very first parades rolled down the streets of New Orleans. These first beads were made of glass, but krewes began throwing plastic beads in the mid twentieth century. Doubloons were first thrown by the Krewe of Rex in 1960. These coins featured the krewe’s founding date, emblem and name on one side, and the current year and theme of the parade on the other side. The doubloons were so popular that each krewe created its own. In addition to beads and doubloons, float riders today throw a variety of trinkets, including plastic cups and stuffed animals.



Before you go grabbing up beads that have fallen onto the dirty ground, be sure you’ve prepped your hands with Workman’s Friend Barrier Skin Cream. Acting like an invisible shield around your hand, our barrier cream is strong enough to protect your skin from harmful skin irritants like poison ivy. The barrier protection will also make clean-up quick and easy. Workman’s Friend Barrier Skin Cream holds in your body’s natural moisture as it shields dirt, grime, plant oils and any chemicals you may come into contact with. Workman’s Friend Barrier Skin Cream will keep your hands hydrate. Over time, daily use will heal your hands, making them look younger and healthier.

Maintaining healthy skin after a day’s hard-working activities using Workman’s Friend Healing Hand Cream should be a daily regimen. An application in the morning and again before bedtime will help your skin survive unscathed. Workman’s Friend Healing Hand Cream will moisturize and heal your damaged skin. When used over time, your skin will return to its healthy appearance.

Sometimes you just need a soap with a little extra elbow grease, right? Try Workman’s Friend Hand Cleaner with Activated Charcoal to get rid of that grease or grime. The activated charcoal cleans deep into your skin, detoxing away the bad elements that hard-working hands pick up on an active day.

Try all of our products. We offer a 3-Pack Workman’s Friend Skin Care Bundle. You will receive a 3.38 oz. tube of Workman’s Friend Barrier Skin Cream, a 2.5 oz. jar of Workman’s Friend Healing Hand Cream, and an 8 oz. bottle of our Workman’s Friend Hand Cleaner with Activated Charcoal.


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