History of the Three Mardi Gras Colors


Ever wondered why purple, gold, and green represent Mardi Gras? Find out the History of the Three Mardi Gras colors and where to find Mardi Gras apparel!

History of the Three Mardi Gras Colors
History of the Three Mardi Gras Colors

The history of Mardi Gras is a rich and colorful story that dates back to the 17th and 18th centuries. Typically we celebrate by throwing loud parades and extravagant parties. These festivities include wild costumes and delicacies soon to be prohibited by Lenten season. As the start of Lent is signified by Ash Wednesday, Mardi Gras always falls on the Tuesday (Fat Tuesday) before. While the specific date varies year by year, the main colors never change. A big part of this holiday is the unique representation of purple, green, and gold. Here we give you a brief history of the three Mardi Gras colors along with huge savings on wholesale hoodies and more!

History of the three Mardi Gras colors by BulkApparel, featured Gildan wholesale hoodies in green, gold, and purple.

The official colors of Mardi Gras were selected back in 1872 as a way to give honor to Grand Duke Alexis Alexandrovich Romanoff visiting from Russia. They were not given their meanings until 1892 though. It was decided that purple would represent justice, green for faith, and gold for power.  Interestingly, both Tulane University and Louisiana State University were heavily influenced by these three colors. The reason being the stores in New Orleans were already stocked up on these colors for Mardi Gras season. Both schools found it would be much easier to choose from the available materials at the time. And ever since, LSU has been represented by purple and gold while Tulane chose green along with blue. For those of you wanting to celebrate Mardi Gras with custom apparel or show some school spirit, we can help! Here are some wholesale apparel favorites of both customers and employees!

Save Big on Mardi Gras Bulk Apparel banner featuring wholesale Next Level 1533 Women's Ideal Racerback Tank

The Next Level Women’s Ideal Racerback Tank  1533 is perfect for those warmer days when the heat is just a little too much. The 60% cotton and 40% polyester blend material provides an extra bonus of moisture wicking and is available in many colors including Purple Rush and Kelly Green.

Bulk Apparel History of the three mardi gras colors, featuring gold wholesale apparel items. Mardi Gras purple wholesale clothing items from Bulk Apparel wholesale distributor

Since the winter season has hit some of us pretty hard this year and wholesale tank tops might not be the most practical, we have the much warmer Gildan G180 Heavy Blend™ Crewneck Sweatshirt 18000Gildan G185 Heavy Blend™ Hooded Sweatshirt 18500, and JERZEES NuBlend® Crewneck Sweatshirt 562MR. All of these bulk sweatshirts are going to be a cozy 8 ounces of 50% polyester and 50% cotton. They are great for layering or just paired with your favorite pair of wholesale sweatpants.
History of the three Mardi Gras colors by Bulk Apparel, featuring green wholesale apparel items

Then for your everyday wholesale t-shirt needs we carry the light weight Next Level Cotton Short Sleeve Crew 3600. This wholesale crewneck tee comes with a tear away label perfect for anyone hoping to use them for resale. Interested in Starting Your Own Online T-shirt Business? But, if you prefer a thicker bulk t-shirt with a softer texture, then the Comfort Colors Garment Dyed Heavyweight T-Shirt 1717 is just what you’re looking for. A third blank t-shirt option we have is the Hanes Authentic Short Sleeve T-Shirt 5250. This is one of our most popular items and is great for anyone wanting a wide range of sizes.

Mardi Gras 2021 most definitely was not the same as years prior, as can be expected. Nevertheless, the spirit of Mardi Gras was present in many much  smaller but equally significant celebrations this year. So Cheers to Mardi Gras and the history of the three Mardi Gras colors!

Written by Morgaine M.

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