Monday, February 2, 2009

Mardi Gras Krewes & new Mardi Gras Mask Pin Brooch

Don't know what a Krewe is? Krewes are private societies that host parades and annual ball over the Carnival and Mardi Gras season in New Orleans. Most Krewes have names that incorporate a god or goddess from Greek or Roman mythology. One of the most well known krewes is "Krewe of Bacchus."

Anyone can apply for admission to belong to a krewe but it may not be that easy to get in. Every krewe has its own bylaws and requirements. It's considered a great honor to be admitted to a krewe and many krewe members have a family history of involvement going back many generations. This is serious stuff! Krewes do not take their responsibilities lightly. 

There is so much more to learn about krewes, Mardi Gras and the coming carnival season which changes dates every year. This year Carnival is Feb. 21-24 and Mardi Gras is on Feb 24.

Here is another Mardi Gras Mask stick pin brooch I created, offered in my etsy store. A portion of the sale of each of these pins in 2009 will go to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. Wear this pin and spark a conversation, you'll be reminiscing about New Orleans in no time. Every pin I make is a unique work of art and is signed and numbered. I make these pins with the same attention to quality and detail as my dollhouse miniature Masquerade Masks for which I am known. I use freshwater pearls, genuine Swarovski crystals, antique beads and semi-precious beads, stone and shells.


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