It's that time of year again! February 21st is Fat Tuesday!
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03-02-2012, 11:42 AM (This post was last modified: 03-02-2012 11:48 AM by germanyt.)
It's that time of year again! February 21st is Fat Tuesday!
For those of you who haven't had the glorious opportunity to attend Mardi Gras in New Orleans I'm going to post pics and vids. I'm probably gonna head down there this weekend so I'll also post pics that I take myself.

Quote:The terms "Mardi Gras" ( /ˈmɑrdiɡrɑː/), "Mardi Gras season", and "Carnival season",[1][2][3][4][5] in English, refer to events of the Carnival celebrations, beginning on or after Epiphany and culminating on the day before Ash Wednesday. Mardi gras is French for Fat Tuesday, referring to the practice of the last night of eating richer, fatty foods before the ritual fasting of the Lenten season, which begins on Ash Wednesday; in English the day is sometimes referred to as Shrove Tuesday, from the word shrive, meaning "confess."[6] Related popular practices are associated with celebrations before the fasting and religious obligations associated with the penitential season of Lent. Popular practices include wearing masks and costumes, overturning social conventions, dancing, sports competitions, parades, etc. Similar expressions to Mardi Gras appear in other European languages sharing the Christian tradition. In English, the day is called Shrove Tuesday, associated with the religious requirement for confession before Lent begins.

In many areas, the term "Mardi Gras" has come to mean the whole period of activity related to the celebratory events, beyond just the single day. In some US cities, it is now called "Mardi Gras Day" or "Fat Tuesday".[1][2][3][4][5] The festival season varies from city to city, as some traditions consider Mardi Gras the entire period between Epiphany or Twelfth Night and Ash Wednesday.[7] Others treat the final three-day period before Ash Wednesday as the Mardi Gras.[8] In Mobile, Alabama, Mardi Gras-associated social events begin in November, followed by mystic society balls on Thanksgiving,[7][9] then New Year's Eve, followed by parades and balls in January and February, celebrating up to midnight before Ash Wednesday. In earlier times parades were held on New Year's Day.[7] Other cities famous for Mardi Gras celebrations include Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Barranquilla, Colombia, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, Quebec City, Canada; Mazatlán, Sinaloa in Mexico; and New Orleans, Louisiana, United States.

Carnival is an important celebration in Anglican and Catholic European nations.[6] In the United Kingdom and Ireland, the week before Ash Wednesday is called "shrovetide", ending on Shrove Tuesday. It has its popular celebratory aspects as well. Pancakes are a traditional food. Pancakes and related fried breads or pastries made with sugar, fat and eggs are also traditionally consumed at this time in many parts of Latin America and the Caribbean.

While not observed nationally throughout the United States, a number of traditionally ethnic French cities and regions in the country have notable celebrations. Mardi Gras arrived in North America as a French Catholic tradition with the Le Moyne brothers,[12] Pierre Le Moyne d'Iberville and Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville, in the late 17th century, when King Louis XIV sent the pair to defend France's claim on the territory of Louisiane, which included what are now the U.S. states of Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana.[12]

The expedition, led by Iberville, entered the mouth of the Mississippi River on the evening of March 2, 1699, Lundi Gras. They did not yet know it was the river explored and claimed for France by René-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle in 1683. The party proceeded upstream to a place on the west bank about 60 miles downriver from where New Orleans is today, and made camp. This was on March 3, 1699, Mardi Gras, so in honor of this holiday, Iberville named the spot Point du Mardi Gras (French: "Mardi Gras Point") and called the nearby tributary Bayou Mardi Gras. Bienville went on to found the settlement of Mobile, Alabama in 1702 as the first capital of French Louisiana.[13] In 1703 French settlers in Mobile began the Mardi Gras celebration tradition.[12][14][15] By 1720, Biloxi had been made capital of Louisiana. The French customs had already accompanied colonists who settled there.[12]

In 1723, the capital of Louisiana was moved to New Orleans, founded in 1718.[13] The tradition has expanded to the point that it became strongly associated with the city in popular perception, and embraced by residents of New Orleans beyond those of French or Catholic heritage. Mardi Gras celebrations are part of the basis of the slogan, Laissez les bons temps rouler, (Let the good times roll) and the nickname "Big Easy".[12] Mobile, Alabama, the former capital of New France, also has a long tradition of celebrating Mardi Gras. Other cities along the Gulf Coast formerly occupied and owned by the French from Pensacola, Florida, and its suburbs to Lafayette, Louisiana, have active Mardi Gras celebrations. In the rural Acadiana area, many Cajuns celebrate with the Courir de Mardi Gras, a tradition that dates to medieval celebrations in France.[16]

In the last decade of the 20th century, the rise in producing commercial videotapes catering to voyeurs helped encourage a tradition of women baring breasts in exchange for beads and trinkets.[17] This is practiced only in very small fragments of where Mardi Gras is celebrated, mostly by visitors rather than locals.

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For all you Catholics, don't forget that the next day is Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent.

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03-02-2012, 11:54 AM
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(03-02-2012 11:42 AM)germanyt Wrote:  For those of you who haven't had the glorious opportunity to attend Mardi Gras in New Orleans I'm going to post pics and vids. I'm probably gonna head down there this weekend so I'll also post pics that I take myself.
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For all you Catholics, don't forget that the next day is Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent.

Been there, done that, ate the po'boy, got the beads.

If you haven't been, go.

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03-02-2012, 12:05 PM (This post was last modified: 03-02-2012 12:10 PM by germanyt.)
RE: It's that time of year again! February 21st is Fat Tuesday!
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Don't forget the hog head cheese
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and hot sauce
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05-02-2012, 04:19 AM
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Gotta love Catholics. Sin your heart out, as long as you're sorry about it tomorrow.

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05-02-2012, 12:36 PM
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Looks like a giant nightmare to me Big Grin

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05-02-2012, 12:55 PM
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(05-02-2012 12:36 PM)Cetaceaphile Wrote:  Looks like a giant nightmare to me Big Grin

It is.
I don't see any reason to go during Carnival at all.

Every night is a party in New Orleans. Big Grin

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06-02-2012, 02:41 AM
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(03-02-2012 11:54 AM)Chas Wrote:  Been there, done that, ate the po'boy, got the beads.

If you haven't been, go.

Oh my, you got the beads? What "sins" did you commit to obtain them?
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06-02-2012, 07:59 AM
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(06-02-2012 02:41 AM)Grassy Knoll Wrote:  
(03-02-2012 11:54 AM)Chas Wrote:  Been there, done that, ate the po'boy, got the beads.

If you haven't been, go.

Oh my, you got the beads? What "sins" did you commit to obtain them?

Pride, Greed, Lust, Anger, Gluttony, and Envy. Sloth had no part in it.

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17-02-2012, 12:49 PM
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http://travel.nytimes.com/2012/02/19/tra...leans.html

Looks like I won't be able to attend the festivities this year. God damned IRS is fucking me over on my tax refund date.

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