Mardi Gras and the Krewe of Amalee

Mardi Gras is a lively colorful celebration held on
Shrove Tuesday, the day before Lent begins. The
date of Mardi Gras depends upon the date of
Easter and can occur on any Tuesday from
February 3rd through March 9th.
Mardi Gras takes place at the end of
carnival season that begins on January 6th or the
Twelfth Night. The most famous celebration of
Mardi Gras takes place in New Orleans. Carnival
Clubs or Krewes were organized and chartered as
non-profit entities. These Krewes give balls and
parties during Carnival to raise funds for their
charitable endeavors.
Rex (The King of Mardi Gras)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, faith; and gold, power.

The Krewe of Amalee was organized in 1996 by
five enterprising and influential women of
DeLand as a support for the Cultural Arts Center.
They established and hosted an elaborate ball on
February 8, 1997.  This has become an annual
charitable event for the Krewe of Amalee.  In
1999 the Krewe of Barkalee (which is a
Krewe of dogs, hosted by the Krewe of Amalee)
introduced Mardi Gras on Mainstreet, often
known as MGOM. This full day of festivities
includes a large parade down the boulevard and a
host of activities for residents and their canine
friends.  MGOM has grown into a major Mardi
Gras celebration for the City of
DeLand and the surrounding communities,
drawing approximately 20,000+ guests each
year.

The Krewe of Amalee continues to grow in
members and philanthropy. We are all very proud
of our organization and the women behind the
masks that make it work!
Krewe of Amalee
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