Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Throw Me Something, Mister!

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.


Frau said...

Happy Fat Tuesday and go bye to Chocolate for 40 days!

Arlynn said...

I remember as a kid going into the city for the parades. My parents & all of the aunts & uncles got us there early to get the best spot & they even put up ladders for all of us, little kids to sit on.

Thinking back, I don't know if it was such a great idea. But all I can remember now about going to those parades as a little kid is the music, bright colors, sparkly objects & of course, the beads!

Happy Mardi Gras!

Meg said...

Kate was in NOLA this weekend, I was so jealous!!!

Treacy said...

Thanks for this glimpse of Mardi Gras! I love traditions of all sorts and I think this might just be the ultimate tradition. Happy Fat Tuesday.

Love your blog!

No.35style said...

i keep saying one of these years i am going to catch one of the parades that happen in shreveport...maybe next year!