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Title: Mardi Gras


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Mardi Gras
  • Contest

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  • Who officially runs Mardi Gras in New Orleans?

3
  • Mardi Gras is a HOLIDAY, like Christmas. Or
    Halloween. Anyone can create Mardi Gras events.
    But the best parts of Mardi Gras are free ...

4
  • All parades probably the most recognizable
    element of Carnival are held on public streets.
  • There are no ticket booths to enter the French
    Quarter (although an age restriction would
    probably be a good idea).

5
  • What are the official dates for Mardi Gras?

6
  • It is a common misperception that Mardi Gras is
    the start of a couple of weeks of parading and
    heavy partying. Thats backward!
  • Mardi Gras is the END, the last day of the
    partying.

7
  • Whats the difference between Carnival and Mardi
    Gras?

8
  • The Carnival season officially begins on Jan. 6th
    and continues until midnight of Fat Tuesday
    (Mardi Gras).
  • But  Mardi Gras  is also commonly used to refer
    to the whole Carnival season.
  • Carnival (carne vale) is Latin for goodbye
    meat, i.e. no meat during the 40 days of Lent.

9
  • New Orleans, this historically Roman Catholic
    city, which loves its food and drink more than
    normal, prepares for the pre-Easter Lent season
    by partying until the last minute.

10
  • How early in the year can Mardi Gras be and how
    late?

11
  • Backed up 47 days before Easter, Mardi Gras can
    occur as early as Feb. 3 and as late as March 9.

12
  • Why do some people say that the period of Lent
    before Easter lasts 47 days and others say that
    it lasts 40 days?

13
  • Because in the 40 day period Sundays, Good Friday
    and the Saturday before Easter are not included.

14
  • Is there a lot of nudity during Mardi Gras in New
    Orleans?

15
  • That depends on your definition of a lot. 
    Most of all, it depends on where youre standing.
  • There is certainly SOME nudity during Mardi Gras.
    In general, it occurs within the French Quarter.

16
  • In most places in the city, you are unlikely to
    see any nudity at all and if you do, you are
    likely to see the exposed person in handcuffs a
    short time later.

17
  • Did Mobile, Alabama, or New Orleans have the
    first Mardi Gras?

18
  • Neither !!!
  • Carnival / Mardi Gras is a European import,
    celebrated long before Columbus.

19
  • In fact, long before Europe was Christianized,
    Carnival was a pagan bacchanalia of drinking and
    debauchery which hasnt changed much.
  • Much of Catholic Europe celebrates Carnival under
    one name or another, again as a season of
    partying before Lent.

20
  • Is it true that Mardi Gras is really a pagan
    holiday?

21
  • There is no doubt that the period of celebration
    that we call Carnival has roots in pagan
    end-of-winter and beginning-of-spring rituals
    reaching back thousands of years.
  • These festivals existed across most lands that
    were overtaken by the Christian Church.

22
  • Whats the drinking age in New Orleans?

23
  • Despite rumors to the contrary, and the number of
    youngsters who manage to obtain alcohol, the
    drinking age in New Orleans is 21.

24
  • Whats the best way to get colored beads?

25
  • The best way to get beads free is to attend Mardi
    Gras parades.
  • Each float rider has to provide his own
     throws , mostly thousands of green, purple and
    gold beads.

26
  • What do the colors purple, green and gold mean?

27
  • Purple is for justice,
  • Green for faith and
  • Gold for power.
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