Mardi Gras in SWLA keeps family first

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"Quarter of a century that they have been celebrating Mardi Gras in Alexandria", said Mayor Jacques Roy.

The deli will not be serving King Cakes on Fat Tuesday since they must be ordered, but they will be serving up other creole classics like gumbo and muffalettas. Although 1872 was when the Mardi Gras Rex chose the colors, by 1892's celebration the Rex of that year came up with and declared there was a meaning behind the hues.

Waffles are also a popular sweet treat over Mardi Gras.

As the celebratory powerhouses of Mardi Gras, krewes propel the party-hearty action with wildly colorful parades during the festival season culminating on "Fat Tuesday".

Take at look at this primer about Carnival, Mardi Gras, Shrove Tuesday, Ash Wednesday and the Lenten season. Just this year, crews pulled 93,000 pounds of plastic carnival celebration beads from storm drains along a five-block stretch of St. Charles Avenue in downtown New Orleans. The first parade in New Orleans was organized by the Mistick Krewe of Comus, in 1857, USA Today reported. Purple signifies justice, gold stands for power and green means faith.

People in attendance say the crowds this year did not compare to crowds in the past. King cakes commemorate the first time the three wise men saw the baby Jesus.

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Saturday's bash blends North Carolina and New Orleans culture. Some believe that Mardi Gras is connected to ancient Roman and pre-Roman pagan celebrations that mark the arrival of spring.

"I'd be willing to celebrate it if I knew of any events happening here in the city", Oscodar said. But, I think for each community that really celebrates it at this level, it's just a point of pride.

"To keep the tradition alive". Many who enjoy the exotic taste of Cajun cuisine may not have ever stepped foot in a cathedral, but this isn't the point of Mardi Gras for Lasof and his team.

The city that never sleeps doesn't sleep on this holiday either. When this tradition first began, masks were worn to escape both society and its class restraints, so wear it and be whoever you want for the night! The House of Yes in Brooklyn is hosting its annual Mardi Gras event with circus performances, good company and great music.

Others see Mardi Gras as a holiday unique to Christianity, having developed to ring in the Christian period of Lent, during which Christians are expected to abstain from eating meat and having sex.

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