What is Mardi Gras and why is it celebrated?

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Due to the French influence in New Orleans, Mardi Gras remains a rich custom for the Cajun and Creole people of Louisiana. If you don't include beads in your celebration, did you even have a Mardi Gras party? "We're going to definitely try to get him out of the way of those beads flying", said Heather Clifton. I have written a lot here on this blog about the history of masquerade, most recently in the post J'Ouvert: Drums, Dress, and Resistance. "Mardi Gras Indians began appearing in the late 19th century; the first group was the Creole Wild West from the Seventh Ward".

She said the king cakes are a good conversation starter for those who are not familiar with them.

Playing off of New Orleans' staple red beans and rice dish, parade participants will push shopping carts and collect cans of beans and other nonperishable goods.

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Mardi Gras is held on Fat Tuesday, also called Shrove Tuesday, for a far more historic reason than many may guess. First up is, of course, Mardi Gras, and I for one am thankful for anytime I can wear a mask, because let's be honest, despite my looks, I'm not a handsome man, so if I can wear something to hide that fact, I can come across as "mysterious".

The Boom Unit Brass Band is among the performers taking part in Durham Mardi Gras.

"I mean I wish the weather was a little better, and I wish there was more people here". The king cake features purple, gold and green icing and has a small trinket, usually a tiny plastic baby, inside. The annual concert celebration is made possible through the generous support of the Hayner Public Library District and LCCC. If one of the unlucky ones who can't afford to miss work or school and partake in the festivities, then these hilarious memes and GIFs will just have to do the trick until you book your next trip to New Orleans.

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Mardi Gras Snack Mix: The traditional colors of Mardi Gras are green, yellow and purple, and this delicious salty and sweet snack mix combines all those colors. They also lend a helping hand behind the scenes each year to Mardi Gras. Really, I think it's just the pageantry, the socialization, the fun of it.

SPS freshman Matthew Oscodar is more willing to see how New York City celebrates Mardi Gras.

Durham's krewes, some of which date back to the beginning of Durham Mardi Gras, will be visible around downtown during the celebration. "You look like you came out of 'Camelot.' It's a pretty big to-do".

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The 1985 Edmonton Oilers have a celebration Sunday for their vote as the best National Hockey League team in the last 100 years. He went over and abandoned me on Monday to go play Cypress (Point), which is understandable. "I just love everything about it".