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What is Mardi Gras?

by Gerard Walen. Posted Jan 27th 2011 01:48 PM
What is Mardi Gras?

Translated from the French, Mardi Gras means "Fat Tuesday." In short, it's the last day before the traditional Catholic Lenten fasting season leading up to Easter Sunday. For those cities that celebrate it – most famously New Orleans, Louisiana – Mardi Gras means feasts, multiple parades, elaborate costumes and parties. Though the celebration is defined by religious parameters, its roots stretch back to before Christianity.
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