Here we have a perfect way to pre-game for the incredible nights of celebrating Mardi Gras and Carnival! Not only should you pick up one of the fabulous Venetian mask tattoos, but you should also grab a costume and head to your nearest parade or event! For the people of Venice, and other Catholics around the world, this day of revelry, debauchery, and festive feasting concludes the six week period before Lent: a time to fast and lament your sins. Tonight will be the biggest event of the season in New Orleans, Venice, and Rio de Janeiro, as well as other participating cities around the globe.
As you may well know, Mardi Gras and Carnival actually date all the way back to the era of the Romans, and probably even before. The festivities then were to celebrate the harvest, but as Christianity spread across Europe Pagan holidays were merged with Christian ones in an effort to appease everyone involved. The parties, feasts, and other momentous occasions came to North and South America when settlers from Europe, particularly French, reached places like Haiti, Trinidad and Tobago, and New Orleans. Venetian masks, beautifully illustrated in tattoo form here, were only one of the aspects that traveled overseas to become a staple of Fat Tuesday's jubilee.
Depicted in film form, caught in photographs, and even displayed in costume stores everywhere, most people are no stranger to Mardi Gras and Carnival. Perhaps most notable is the Salgueiro Samba School Parade which took place Sambadrome in Rio. The Venice Carnival in Italy actually has a Venetian Mask Market and Contest! Street performances, pub crawls, and parades aplenty will be taking place in New Orleans, but we're positive if you aren't located in any of those cities, there will certainly be someone will be putting up a party! Google "Mardi Gras events near me" and you'll be sure to find somewhere to let loose and dance the night away.