Sunday, February 14, 2010

New Orleans Mardi Gras this Tuesday February 16

Mardi Gras , or "Fat Tuesday" in French, is the celebration beginning after the Christian feast day of  Epiphany and running up to the first day of Lent.  Fat Tuesday refers to the practice eating fatty foods on the last day of festival - the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday- in preparation for the ritual fasting of Lent.  Per the New Orleans tradition, it apparently also refers to drinking a lot of Hurricanes (recipe here).  In the street.  While people beg, scream, and plead for beads.  And others expose themselves.  Um, it's a good time.

While New Orleans and Mobile, Alabama host the two best known Mardi Gras celebrations in the US, it seems like more and more cities are hosting parades and parties.  Just Google Mardi Gras and your city to find local celebrations.  And before you head down to NOLA, Mobile, or your local festival, make sure to get your costumes, party decorations, and of course, beads.

Below are a video and recent pictures from Mardi Gras 2010.  Enjoy!

VIDEO:  The Krewe of Tchefuncte

PHOTOS: Flickr Pics from NOLA Madi Gras 2010


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