What do the Mardi Gras colors mean?

Published: Feb. 21, 2012 at 6:41 PM CST
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(WAFB) - Ever wonder about the history of the official Mardi Gras colors?

According to, 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 Represents Faith. And Gold Represents Power.

According to the website, Mardi Gras colors influenced the choice of school colors for arch rivals Louisiana State University and Tulane University.

They say 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!

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