Fat Tuesday! Mardi Gras!

IT’S FAT TUESDAY! HAPPY MARDI GRAS!
In 1875, the State of Louisiana declared Fat Tuesday an official holiday.

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Where’s the King Cake?

AIKO! AIKO! ALL DAY! MARDI GRAS!
The first recorded Mardi Gras celebration on the USA was in Mobile, Alabama, in 1703.
The first Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans was in 1837.

BON TEMP ROULER! MARDI GRAS!
LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL! MARDI GRAS!
On Fat Tuesday, the parades end
and the parties finish with the Meeting of the Courts at the Rex Ball.

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Shrove Tuesday, Pancake Tuesday, or Fat Tuesday,
is a Mardi Gras Carnival celebration on the last day before Ash Wednesday.

Parades, parties, masks, costumes, and outrageous behavior are the order of the day before the fasting season of Lent begins. Mardi Gras dates back to the ancient Roman festival honoring Lupercalia and Saturnalia in February. Christians adapted the festival into a pre-Lent tradition.

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We cooked a nice meal at home and celebrated Fat Tuesday with family.
On The Menu: we made a big pot of spicy “cajun” chili with red beans, so we had a bowl topped with cheese, diced onion, and crushed tortilla chips; a salad with avocado and Caesar dressing, fresh cut pineapple, and warm “just baked” banana bread  for dessert with an iced espresso and later a beer.

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