January means Carnival season in New Orleans, and everyone is getting out their decorations. The traditional gold, green, and purple Mardi Gras colors symbolize justice, faith, and power, and were selected by Rex as the official Mardi Gras colors in 1872. Rex chose these colors to honor the visiting Russian Grand Duke Alexis Alexandrovich Romanoff, who suggested the colors. Twenty years later, the 1892 Rex Parade theme Symbolism of Colors canonized the colors’ meaning in the annals of Mardi Gras history. No matter where you go in New Orleans in the weeks leading up to our favorite local holiday you are bound to see these colors proudly displayed by tradition-loving New Orleanians!