fat tuesday

by Kenny H March. 04, 2014 3945 views

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Many historians believe that the first American Mardi Gras took place on March 3, 1699, when the French explorers Iberville and Bienville landed in what is now Louisiana, just south of the holiday’s future epicenter: New Orleans. They held a small celebration and dubbed the spot Point du Mardi Gras. In the decades that followed, New Orleans and other French settlements began marking the holiday with street parties, masked balls and lavish dinners.

When the Spanish took control of New Orleans, however, they abolished these rowdy rituals, and the bans remained in force until Louisiana became a U.S. state in 1812.
On Mardi Gras in 1827, a group of students donned colorful costumes and danced through the streets of New Orleans, emulating the revelry they’d observed while visiting Paris. Ten years later, the first recorded New Orleans Mardi Gras parade took place, a tradition that continues to this day. In 1857, a secret society of New Orleans businessmen called the Mistick Krewe of Comus organized a torch-lit Mardi Gras procession with marching bands and rolling floats, setting the tone for future public celebrations in the city. Since then, krewes have remained a fixture of the Carnival scene throughout Louisiana.

Other lasting customs include throwing beads (show us your t!ts!, show us your t!ts!) and other trinkets, wearing masks, decorating floats and eating King Cake.

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Don Baird 5 years, 6 months ago

Nice picture. I was at Mardi Gras several years ago. Fun.

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Marsha 5 years, 6 months ago

Very cool shot....colors and light are great! I finally visited New Orleans, Bourbon Street/French Quarter last year during the pre-Mardis Gras phase. All I can say is.....WOW!!!!!

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Pi314 5 years, 6 months ago

Nice photo and explanations ...
Happy Fat Tuesday (I am late for wishings)

5 years, 6 months ago Edited
Evalizette Hansson Nordstrã¶M 5 years, 6 months ago

My birthday brother Guy Fawkes...I don't think we have anything like that here in Norway but as Karramba write we do in Sweden:)

Thank you for the history lessen :)

5 years, 6 months ago Edited
Dan Ravasio 5 years, 6 months ago

nice history lesson, Ken... great shot my friend...

5 years, 6 months ago Edited
Marilyn Grimble 5 years, 6 months ago

I have always found masks to be terrifying - this one included :-(
Hope you are not too disappointed by my comment.
The info. is fascinating.

5 years, 6 months ago Edited
Gillian Parsons 5 years, 6 months ago

Great Info would I trust that face mmmmmm

5 years, 6 months ago Edited
Ann Garratty 5 years, 6 months ago

Fascinating history Ken, thanks for that! That masked fellow looks l a lot like our Guy Fawkes...

5 years, 6 months ago Edited
Jacki 5 years, 6 months ago

Cool shot! Are you in New Orleans? They had a Carnavale here in Long Beach this weekend and the costumes were amazing... sadly it was during our rains so I passed on going but did see some of friends photos.

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Sreekumar Marar 5 years, 6 months ago

Thanks for the details Ken, was wondering what is Fat Tuesday after seeing Larry's post :)

5 years, 6 months ago Edited
Paolo Martini 5 years, 6 months ago

;o) Enjoy !

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