Next month all around the country, Americans will be celebration Mardi Gras. Along with New Orleans, Louisiana and Mobile, Alabama, Jefferson, Texas also has a cultural link to the Mardi Gras Celebration.
From 1845 to the late 1870s, Jefferson was a steamboat trading partner with the city of New Orleans. New Orleans’ steamboats traveled North on the Mississippi and veered off onto the Red River traveled across to Caddo Lake and then up Big Cypress Bayou to the Port of Jefferson. The New Orleans influence is still recognizable in the architecture and heritage of Jefferson.
Jefferson’s first Mardi Gras celebration was held in 1871. By 1876, Mardi Gras In Jefferson, Texas had grown into a city wide celebration that still carries on the tradition of the Mardi Gras Upriver Celebration where revelers dress in purple, green and gold, dance in the parades, eat cultural foods, and catch beads off of the many floats and balconies that line the streets.
We here in Jefferson, Texas hope to see you at the celebration. Put on your green, gold and purple and come and join in Jefferson’s Mardi Gras Upriver Celebration. The celebration will consist of three parades, carnival, food vendors, arts and crafts, live music along with fun, frivolity and zany events during this three day celebration. Friday evening begins with a Doo Dah Parade. Saturday features a Grand Parade with colorful floats, marching bands and more. Sunday allows the kiddos to get in on the action with a Children’s parade.
The bed and breakfasts are all decorated with the spirit of the celebration. The local restaurants will have specials and music playing everywhere. Plenty for all to do.
Until then, Mardi Gras “Fat Tuesday”lie in the Christian calendar as the “last hurrah” before Lent begins on Ash Wednesday. Some see Mardi Gras as a late-winter celebration welcoming the coming of Spring. February 6th, 7th & 8th join in the celebration.