Mardi Gras on the Water

Mardi Gras on the Water

It’s that wonderful, magical and thrilling time of year again: Mardi Gras. Although Mardi Gras is French for Fat Tuesday, we refer to it as an entire season of events. This celebration dates back centuries to pagan celebrations of fertility and the season of spring. People get dressed in their best costumes and flock to the streets to celebrate together while others host Mardi Gras parties in their home with their close friends.

The most exciting part of Mardi Gras is undoubtedly the parades. All year long, organizations known as Krewes construct floats, provide small gifts known as throws to dispense to the crowds, and participate in the various parades across New Orleans. However, New Orleans isn’t the only place that Mardi Gras takes place.

Louisiana is home to wonderful waterways, and many people’s very way of life is based on the water. These waterways define its geography and have shaped the state’s physical landscape. During Mardi Gras, these waterways provide a new foundation for special parades and instead of featuring boats instead of floats.

Founded in 1978, a few residents in Eden Isles, Louisiana decorated their boats to parade along the canals in celebration of Carnival season and thus came the Krewe of Bilge. This Krewe also conducts social events throughout the year for its members to raise money and provide a sense of community for the Krewe and the public. This year, their theme will be themed “A Day at the Races” and will begin at 11:00 am on January 27th.

Also, Krewe of Tchefuncte celebrates maritime life on the historic river located on LA-Hwy 22 between Mandeville and Ponchatoula. Every year the Krewe chooses a court that represents them through the Mardi Gras season and at various local events throughout the year. This year, the theme will be “Celebrate a Pirate’s Life” and will start at 1:00 pm on Feb. 3rd on the Madisonville riverfront.

With expanding populations causing pressure for development and natural activities stressing the natural ecosystems, conservation is key to protect our waterways in Louisiana. Marsh Buggies cares deeply about the protection, restoration, and conservation of our beautiful Louisiana landscape not only because of these awesome boat parades but because it is such a huge part of our lives here. Marsh Buggies have been utilized diligently to construct levees, restore marshes, and clear blocked waterways. Marsh Buggies knows how vital our thriving ecosystem is for our economy, livelihood, all the way to what we put on our tables to eat. If you are looking for new Marsh Buggies for your project this year, Marsh Buggies INC has the highest quality equipment around, and we offer rental and contracting solutions to make it easy for you to utilize our equipment without breaking the bank. From all of us at Marsh Buggies, we hope that you have an incredible Mardi Gras season! Laissez les bons temps rouler!

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