March 8, 2011

Mardi Gras.... Fat Tuesday!

New Orleans is the city in the U.S. most well-known for their Mardi Gras festivities...

"Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, was made a Christian holiday by Pope Gregory XIII in 1582. The Mardi Gras is celebrated the day before Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent which Christians prepare themselves for Easter.

Mardi Gras arrived in North America in the late 17th century, when King Louis XIV sent armies to defend France’s claim on the territory of Louisiana." To read more about Mardi Gras... see HERE.

*Pictures taken from internet.

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