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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Getting Ready for Mardi Gras!

Today is Mardi Gras, also called Shrove Tuesday or Fat Tuesday, a French Catholic tradition that celebrates debauchery before Lent begins with Ash Wednesday for Christians.

 The festival date varies from city to city, but most Americans base their celebration of Mardi Gras off of the famous celebration in New Orleans, which this year lands on February 28.

The tradition of bead throwing starts with their original colors. The color of the beads was determined by the king of the first daytime Carnival in 1872. He wanted the colors to be royal colors – purple for justice, gold for power and green for faith. The idea was to toss the color to the person who exhibited the color’s meaning.!  

Oh, what fun it would be to actually be on Bourbon Street today!!


easy rider said...

I wonder that no one celebrates here today...I would love to see funny pawrades and I would eat my way through all that tasty food... but it's just any tuesday here...sigh...

Hailey's Lady said...

Happy Mardi Gras!

Two French Bulldogs said...

Throw the beads
Lily & Edward

Murphy Campbell said...

Throw your beads! You know what comes after Fat Tuesday right? Weight Gain Wednesday!

Your Pals,

Murphy & Stanley

Dory and the Mama said...

Happy Shrove Tuesday!!!
Dory, Jakey, Arty & Bilbo

Cathy Armato said...

Thanks for sharing all the history behind Mardi Gras! I never really understood the meanings behind the celebration. I'd love to visit New Orleans some day.