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Tuesday, February 28, 2006

MARDI GRAS

Today, February 28, 2006 is Mardi Gras day, otherwise known as Shrove Tuesday, or Fat Tuesday. This marks the end of a week (or more) long celebration in many cities, including New Orleans. It is also the day before Ash Wednesday and the first day of the Roman Catholic season of Lent.

Celebrations for Mardi Gras often include a parade, or Carnival. Costumes are popular, especially for those taking part in the parade. Common colors include purple, green and gold. Its not clear how the custom of Mardi Gras began, however the French in New Orleans were known for having costume balls and parties as far back as the 1700’s. Most importantly it is a time to celebrate and have fun !

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