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Tuesday, February 18th is Shrove Tuesday or Fat Tuesday and marks the day before Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent. 

It's Mardi Gras and time to
"Let the Good Times Roll!"

We searched and found some interesting facts and fun for your Mardi Gras celebration.

FOOD and FUN

Mardi GrasGet ready to roll those good times with
5 Tips for Throwing the Perfect Mardi Gras Party.

Food is a major part of Fat Tuesday festivities and we have found some recipes with New Orleans flavor and flair.

Carnival JambalayaFirst Jazz Up Your Mardi Gras Fun With  Piping Hot Beignets and then

Bring the Fun and Flavors of Mardi Gras Home  with  Carnival Jambalaya

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Then you have to try the ultimate Carnival dessert -
King Cake A Must for Mardi Gras Season

Can you make your own King Cake?

 

Mardi Gras Facts

photo from Mardigrasday.com

* You know you are a Mardi Gras addict if you have memorized the location of all the bathrooms along the parade route.

*Carnival is a weeks long celebration beginning on Twelfth Night, the day 12 days after Christmas when the Three Kings were supposed to have arrived.  It is always January 6th and is also known as the Epiphany.  It ends on Fat or Shrove Tuesday, Mardi Gras, the night before Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent.

*The three colors of Mardi Gras and the King Cake are purple (Justice), green (Faith) and gold (Power). 

* It is perfectly acceptable to use a bullhorn to yell "Throw me something Mister/Lady" to the people on the floats.  The items tossed out to parade goers are called throws and commonly include necklaces of beads in the three Mardi Gras colors and doubloons - coins (usually made of aluminum) bearing the krewe's insignia and the theme of that year's Mardi Gras. Krewes are the organizations that create and run the floats.

photo from mardigrasdya.com* Shrove Tuesday is also known as the Pancake Fest.  Since faithful could not eat milk, butter or eggs during the 40 days of Lent, they would make pancakes to use up these items which would go bad otherwise.

Our favorite links for Mardi Gras information.
* MardiGrasDay.com
* MardGras.com

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