Mardis Gras, a time of celebrating, indulgence, and revelry.. This is a time of feasting right before Ash Wednesday and the season of Lent. Today let’s look at Mardis Gras in New Orleans.
New Orleans is already famous for its Creole cuisine and its great jazz. But this city is most famous for its celebration of Mardis Gras. This season is a time for having parades, of dancing in the streets… Okay, the celebration as we know it today started in 1857. And it looks like the only time they did not have the festivities was during the World Wars.
- First, why is the celebration always on different dates? Mardis Gras, Fat Tuesday, is always celebrated before Ash Wednesday, which is ushers in the season of Lent, which is the forty days before Easter Sunday. And since Easter has to do with Passover, it is determined by the Jewish calendar, which means it is going to fall on different parts of our year. This year, it will be celebrated on February twenty-eighth.
- Is it just celebrated on that Tuesday? No, it is not. Some people celebrate this time of feasting from January sixth, which is epiphany. But normally the big celebrations start twelve days before Fat Tuesday.
- How is it celebrated? commerDuring these twelve days, there are all kinds of parades, private parties. And then, on the actual day, in New Orleans, it’s a holiday and almost no one works… Unless you count being in the huge parade work. The people in the parade will throw out all kinds of trinkets to those that are watching. All you have to say is, “Throw me something, Mister,”. You are going to get everything from plastic drinking cups, to necklaces and commemorative coins.
- Who actually puts on this parade? It costs half a bi dollars to put on a parade like this? In New Orleans, there are non profit clubs called Krewes. The older organizations keep much of what they do to themselves. The newer organizations are much more up front up what they do.
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