MARDI GRAS COLORS
Rex selected the official Mardi Gras
colors in 1872. The 1892 Rex Parade theme Symbolism of
Colors gave meaning to the colors: purple represents
justice; green, faith; and gold, power.
It's interesting to note that our Mardi Gras colors
influenced the choice of school colors for arch rivals
Louisiana State University and Tulane University.
When LSU was deciding on its colors, the shops in New
Orleans had stocked up on purple, green, and gold
material for the Mardi Gras season. LSU decided upon
purple and gold, and bought much of it.
Tulane bought much of the only remaining color -- green!
(Their colors are blue and green.) Remember to wear Mardi
Gras colors whenever you're not in costume!
Go back to the Mardi Gras page, or
on to Parades.