For a few years when we were first married, my husband and I lived in New Orleans. What a fun place that was! So when the parades for Mardi Gras rolled around, we walked the couple blocks to the parade route, caught beads, and reveled in the city-wide party. New Orleans is another world, truly.
This year, we soaked up the arrival of the Carnevale di Venezia. Masks were on sale at every turn from carts and sidewalks, and the truly elaborate ones were on sale from store windows. The crowds hadn’t yet arrived from the outside world, and it was as if the locals were taking their first dip in the fun that is Carnival. Long robes and tri-fold hats, feathers and sequins and satin, and the masks–wow, the whole scene was fascinating. I think I now know where the Phantom of the Opera found his costume. It was all fabulous.
Carnevale, Mardi Gras, and the masquerade that is the party that resonates around the world–there is so much celebration to embrace and love. The spirit of putting the winter and its darkness to rest, embracing the spring and new life to come … a wonderful celebration leading up to the penitence of Lent.
The photo above is the mask my guys picked out for me … fun, isn’t it? Have you experienced Mardi Gras or Carnevale?
Happy Mardi Gras and Carnevale! -JK
PS. Click here for some great images of Carnevale di Venezia.