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Title: Mardi Gras in Louisiana


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Mardi Gras in Louisiana
  • Written By Stacy BodinIllustration By Theresa
    Hardy

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Everyone loves celebrations! Louisiana hosts one
called Mardi Gras. Mardi Gras is French for Fat
Tuesday. This holiday is sometimes called Shrove
Tuesday. Mardi Gras is a holiday is for
celebrating and eating.
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The following day is Ash Wednesday, which is the
beginning of Lent, which is a 40 day period when
Christians give up something they enjoy until
Easter. Although Mardi Gras began because of Lent
traditions and has since evolved into a big
festival celebrated by people around the world.
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New Orleans, Louisiana has the biggest
celebration of any American town. It all started
when French explorers celebrated the holiday on
the Mississippi River and the party grew from
there. Now it's become a popular holiday.
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Parades and balls take place all around
Louisiana. Kings, Queens and Courts are named.
Groups who organize Mardi Gras balls and parades
are called krewes.
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During parades, colorful beaded necklaces thrown
from floats as souvenirs of Mardi Gras. Cups and
toy coins known as "doubloons" are also shared
things thrown during parades.
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The colors for Mardi Gras are purple, gold
and green.
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King Cakes are baked and shared. Small plastic
babies are baked into King Cakes. Whoever gets
the slice of the cake with the baby usually
supplies the next King Cake. Photo from
Wikipedia
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Mardi Gras is a special holiday which Louisiana
people love to celebrate!
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