Six Things you may not know about Mardi Gras

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Happy Mardi Gras!

In case you were unaware, Mardi Gras is a big deal in Louisiana.  Here are a few tidbits of knowledge that you may not have known about Mardi Gras:

  • Mardi gras is French for Fat Tuesday, which refers to the feasting on richer, fatty foods before the ritual fasting of the Lenten season, which begins on Ash Wednesday.
  • Mardi Gras is a legal holiday in Louisiana
  • Mardi Gras colors: Purple=Justice; Gold=Power; Green=Faith
  • Mask-wearing during Mardi Gras originated in the European celebration of  Carnival. During Carnival, revelers wore masks to help them release their  inhibitions during this time of excess and mischief since it’s much easier to  act on your impulses when no one knows who you are.
  • Mardi Gras costumes originated in Medieval Europe when they were worn to mock the nobility.
  • King Cakes are believed to have begun with French settlers around 1870, who were themselves continuing a custom which dated back to Twelfth Century France, when a similar cake was used to celebrate the coming of the Magi twelve days after Christmas bearing gifts for the Christ Child.  As a symbol of this Holy Day, a tiny plastic baby (symbolic of the baby Jesus) is placed inside each King Cake.

During our brief hiatus of rain Sunday we took in one of the local Mardi Gras Parades.

The kids had a blast competing to see who could collect the most “throws”. IMG_0335

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In fact they were able to obtain a teddy bear, a few stuffed animals, three frisbees, a dozen plastic cups, and more beads than you could imagine.

Now the question is what to do with all of those beads!

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