The St. Andrews Mardi Gras had its beginnings in 1997 when, the Krewe of Dominique Youx approached the community of St. Andrews with the idea of relocating their parade from Bay Point to St. Andrews. That same year, the St. Andrews citizens formed their own Krewe, now proudly known as the Krewe of St. Andrews.
HISTORIC ST. ANDREWS
Relocating the Krewe of Dominique Youx’s parade from Bay Point to St. Andrews turned a “dream” to “reality” for a revitalization event as defined in the recently completed St. Andrews Visioning Project, and so began the work of the citizens of St. Andrews to make St. Andrews Mardi Gras the success it is today.
To focus positive attention on Historic St. Andrews by bringing people into the area to enjoy the Mardi Gras Parade as well as to generate funds to be invested in improving Historic St. Andrews.
BRIEF HISTORY OF MARDI GRAS
The name Mardi Gras means Fat Tuesday in French. The day is known as Fat Tuesday, since it is the last day before lent. Lent is the season of prayer and fasting observed by the Roman Catholic Church and other Christian denominations during the forty days and seven Sundays before Easter Sunday.
MARDI GRAS COLORS
The Official Mardi Gras colors are purple, green and gold. The King of Carnival, Rex, chose these colors in 1872. He chose these colors to stand for the following:
PURPLE is for JUSTICE
GREEN is for FAITH
GOLD is for POWER
COMMUNITY AND FAMILY
The Krewe of St. Andrews focuses on community and family. This is reflected in many family-oriented activities such as a special “Kids Parade”. The overall atmosphere of the Parade is meant to attract fun-loving people of all ages.
The Parade itself features numerous Krewes with brightly decorated floats. As marching bands entertain along the parade route, Krewe members toss the eagerly awaited “throws”...countless beads and doubloons.