Tuesday, March 4, 2014
If you have ever lived in a Southern state, you have attended at least one Mardi Gras parade. Or maybe, you visited during Mardi Gras season. As we lived in Louisiana for many years, we attended the BIG one in New Orleans numerous times--it was hectic but fun!
What is Mardi Gras or "Fat Tuesday"? events of the Carnival celebrations, beginning on or after the Epiphany or Kings day and culminating on the day before Ash Wednesday. Mardi Gras is French for Fat Tuesday, referring to the practice of the last night of eating richer, fatty foods before the ritual fasting of the Lenten season, which begins on Ash Wednesday. The day is sometimes referred to as Shrove Tuesday, from the word shrive, meaning "confess"
Mardi Gras Carnival season is party time! Enjoying oneself until the struck of midnight of Tuesday when the streets are washed and all party goers need to go home or some attend midnight mass to atone for their sins.
And then lent begins and good fresh seafood is on the menu.
May you have a good Mardi Gras where ever you live! and look forward to 2015: February 17 when Mardi Gras rolls around again!