Today is Mardi Gras, also known as Fat Tuesday. It is the day right before Ash Wednesday, which is the beginning of Lent. It is a day when everyone celebrates to their fullest and enjoys all their favorite things before the beginning of Lent!
Some places celebrate Mardi Gras by holding parades and throwing plastic bead necklaces or assorted toys to the happy bystanders. These trinkets are thrown from “floats” which are, essentially, giant trailers elaborately decorated and hooked to trucks. The place most famous for its Mardi Gras parades is New Orleans, Louisiana!
The tradition of Mardi Gras parades goes deep in New Orleans, having been celebrated since 1730! (Mardi Gras History, Mardi Gras New Orleans) There are several different parades, each with its own unique “krewe”, which is the people throwing the beads from the floats.
Mardi Gras is a fun time as there is always music and good food, including King Cake. I don’t have enough time to write about that now, but I’ll be sure to tell you guys when I do have time!
Here are some helpful links explaining Mardi Gras: