We are independent & ad-supported. We may earn a commission for purchases made through our links.

Advertiser Disclosure

Our website is an independent, advertising-supported platform. We provide our content free of charge to our readers, and to keep it that way, we rely on revenue generated through advertisements and affiliate partnerships. This means that when you click on certain links on our site and make a purchase, we may earn a commission. Learn more.

How We Make Money

We sustain our operations through affiliate commissions and advertising. If you click on an affiliate link and make a purchase, we may receive a commission from the merchant at no additional cost to you. We also display advertisements on our website, which help generate revenue to support our work and keep our content free for readers. Our editorial team operates independently from our advertising and affiliate partnerships to ensure that our content remains unbiased and focused on providing you with the best information and recommendations based on thorough research and honest evaluations. To remain transparent, we’ve provided a list of our current affiliate partners here.

What Are the Colors of Mardi Gras?

Deanna Baranyi
Updated Feb 29, 2024
Our promise to you
WiseGeek is dedicated to creating trustworthy, high-quality content that always prioritizes transparency, integrity, and inclusivity above all else. Our ensure that our content creation and review process includes rigorous fact-checking, evidence-based, and continual updates to ensure accuracy and reliability.

Our Promise to you

Founded in 2002, our company has been a trusted resource for readers seeking informative and engaging content. Our dedication to quality remains unwavering—and will never change. We follow a strict editorial policy, ensuring that our content is authored by highly qualified professionals and edited by subject matter experts. This guarantees that everything we publish is objective, accurate, and trustworthy.

Over the years, we've refined our approach to cover a wide range of topics, providing readers with reliable and practical advice to enhance their knowledge and skills. That's why millions of readers turn to us each year. Join us in celebrating the joy of learning, guided by standards you can trust.

Editorial Standards

At WiseGeek, we are committed to creating content that you can trust. Our editorial process is designed to ensure that every piece of content we publish is accurate, reliable, and informative.

Our team of experienced writers and editors follows a strict set of guidelines to ensure the highest quality content. We conduct thorough research, fact-check all information, and rely on credible sources to back up our claims. Our content is reviewed by subject matter experts to ensure accuracy and clarity.

We believe in transparency and maintain editorial independence from our advertisers. Our team does not receive direct compensation from advertisers, allowing us to create unbiased content that prioritizes your interests.

The colors of Mardi Gras are metallic gold, bright green, and rich purple. Beginning in 1892, these colors acquired significance because the king, or "Rex," of the carnival claimed that they symbolized power, faith, and justice, respectively. Although some people take the symbolism surrounding the colors of Mardi Gras literally, others believe they are linked to Catholicism.

There is a rich history that is connected to the colors of Mardi Gras. Mardi Gras had been celebrated since the times of the ancient Romans and has slowly evolved. Up until 1872, there were no specific colors of Mardi Gras, the festivities were simply a vast array of bright hues. When a Russian grand duke named Alexis Romanoff came to New Orleans during the Spring of 1872, things evolved even further.

When Grand Duke Romanoff arrived in New Orleans, several businessmen decided to sponsor a parade for his entertainment. The businessmen also named a king, or "Rex," for the day to give Grand Duke Romanoff the feeling that the city of New Orleans was royal. The businessmen appointed one of their own, Lewis J. Solomon, to be the first Rex. He borrowed a kingly costume, complete with a gold crown and ornate staff. Reports indicate that this newly appointed King of the Carnival chose the colors of Mardi Gras, gold, green, and purple, at that time.

In 1892, the appointed Rex decided to have the gold, green, and purple colors of Mardi Gras represent power, faith, and justice, respectively. The symbolism of the colors of Mardi Gras was announced for the Mardi Gras parade, aptly entitled, "Symbolism of Colors." The symbolism has remained with each of the colors ever since.

Many people have pondered why the colors were first chosen and why the colors were later meant to represent their specific symbols. Some people believe that the first Mardi Gras king chose the colors simply because he thought they were vibrant and they seemed to complement each other. Others believe that the first king was aware of the symbolic nature of the colors, having discussed it with his peers prior to his selection.

Other people believe there is a connection between the chosen colors and Catholicism. Catholicism is deeply intertwined with the Mardi Gras festivities — Catholics believe it is the last celebration before entering the season of Lent, a period of sacrifice and deep meditation. Those individuals often think that the faith and justice are things that can come to them through belief in Jesus Christ. In addition, the color gold, representing power, is linked to the freedom they will feel when they relinquish their quests for power to God.

WiseGeek is dedicated to providing accurate and trustworthy information. We carefully select reputable sources and employ a rigorous fact-checking process to maintain the highest standards. To learn more about our commitment to accuracy, read our editorial process.
Deanna Baranyi
By Deanna Baranyi , Former Writer
Deanna Baranyi, a freelance writer and editor with a passion for the written word, brings a diverse skill set to her work. With degrees in relevant fields and a keen ability to understand and connect with target audiences, she crafts compelling copy, articles, and content that inform and engage readers.

Discussion Comments

Deanna Baranyi

Deanna Baranyi

Former Writer

Deanna Baranyi, a freelance writer and editor with a passion for the written word, brings a diverse skill set to her...
Learn more
WiseGeek, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.

WiseGeek, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.