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Louisiana Mardi Gras

December 24, 2009 Trivia Tidbits No Comments

Mardi Gras“Throw me something Mister!!”  For a lot of families in South Louisiana, those are the words babies learn after they master “Mama” and “Dada”.  A long standing tradition in the state, the Mardi Gras celebration brings fun, laughter, color, and “throw” to all who participate in its festivities.

A festival brought to Louisiana from Paris, France, the first daytime parade held in New Orleans was in 1838.  Although most think of floats, beads, and costumes, Mardi Gras is in fact a religious celebration.  The Carnival season was created as  time when people have fun before beginning the Lenten season of fasting which leads to Easter Sunday.  During the Lenten season, followers of Catholicism are not supposed to eat meat on Fridays.  Traditionally, on the Tuesday before Lent begins, they celebrated by eating all the meat they had in storage.  This is why it is called Mardi Gras, which means ” Fat Tuesday”.  The colors associated with this annual festival are purple (symbol of justice), green (symbol of faith), and gold (symbol of power).  Provided by the Louisiana State Legislature, Office of Public Information

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