Carnivals, pancakes and excess: What Mardi Gras means to the French

14 February, 2018, 19:51 | Author: Rachel Mcdaniel
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Considered the largest Mardi Gras celebration in Central Florida, the annual event draws in approximately 40,000 visitors each year to the small town with food vendors, live music, and especially the parade.

Some people enjoying the Mardi Gras celebration at The Palace Grill in Santa Barbara were caught off guard when they learned the dates. The history of the Mardi Gras Indians is nearly as colorful as the suits themselves. And why not don your best green, gold and purple - hopefully getting us out the frustration of no purple pride in the Super Bowl this year - and hollering for your share of beads as the good times roll and the parade passes by?

"I've never been one to celebrate a holiday that I have no connection to", Tawiah said. It came from the Acadians who fled English persecution in Canada and settled in South Louisiana; by the time they arrived, they were desperate for a good time. "We just love to come over to the carnival season to fellowship".

Revelers participate in a Carnival parade in São Paulo, Brazil, on February 9, 2016.

The official colors of the fattest Tuesday of the year are purple, gold and green.

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Mardi Gras is held on Fat Tuesday, also called Shrove Tuesday, for a far more historic reason than many may guess. This has been the case since 1875, when Governor Warmoth signed the "Mardi Gras Act".

2018's Mardi Gras featured two wagon floats.

This was a special celebration because it's 25th year of Mardi Gras for Alexandria.

But, of course, New Orleans took Mardi Gras and made it into something much bigger than it is anywhere else, which is why the celebration has become synonymous with the city. First up is, of course, Mardi Gras, and I for one am thankful for anytime I can wear a mask, because let's be honest, despite my looks, I'm not a handsome man, so if I can wear something to hide that fact, I can come across as "mysterious". "I even know of a few events happening in [New York City] to celebrate, but I'm just too busy to go".

Today's Mardi Gras celebrations can be lavish and raucous. Those in the city's poorer neighborhoods didn't feel as if they could celebrate in the mainstream New Orleans parade. "It's the big party before the Lenten season, the ultimate blowout before you give something up for [40] days". If you want a funk-filled night, check out B.B. King Blues Club & Grill.

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