Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Fat Tuesday - Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler!

Fat Tuesday is Mardi Gras, the festival New Orleans, Louisiana, is famous for. "Mardi" is French for Tuesday and "Gras" is French for fat. It's a pre-Lenten festival celebrated in Roman Catholic countries and communities and has its origin in pre-Christian spring fertility rites. Mardi Gras, or Shrove Tuesday occurs the day before the fast of Lent begins and is celebrated by the French as the last of the three days of Shrovetide. Mardi Gras is considered the last opportunity for merrymaking and indulgence in food and drink before Lent and it is generally celebrated for one full week before Lent. There are elaborate parades featuring floats, pageants, outlandish costumes, masked balls, and people dancing in the streets. The parties and parades will continue until Lent begins at the stroke of midnight on Tuesday.

Mardi Gras is a legal holiday in New Orleans. It occurs 46 days before Easter. Since the actual date Easter occurs on changes yearly, Mardi Gras can happen on any Tuesday between February 3 and March 9.

The first American Mardi Gras was celebrated near modern-day New Orleans on March 3, 1699. Apparently, this year everyone is back to pack the streets and watch the parades and join in the revelry in New Orleans, even after the devastation that Katrina caused.

The official colors of Mardi Gras are purple, green and gold (representing justice, faith and power).

So as they say in N'Orleans - Let The Good Times Roll!

Hmmm.. Can I give up paying higher taxes in CT for Lent? (probably not)