Mardi Gras has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. Krewes, parades, King Cake and New Orleans are a few things everyone should experience at least once in their lifetime!
Mardi Gras arrived in North America as a sedate French Catholic tradition in the late 17th century. The celebration known as Carnival comes from a Latin phrase meaning "removal of meat" and is comprised of the three days preceding Lent—the Sunday, Monday and Tuesday before Ash Wednesday. Because Lent focuses on atonement and fasting, people generally feasted on Tuesday and it came to be known as Fat Tuesday or in French, Mardi Gras.