Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Mardi Gras

Today is Fat Tuesday, the last day to eat, drink, and make merry before Ash Wednesday and the start of the Lenten fasting season. In most Catholic countries (and in Louisiana, which might well be a Catholic country) this is a holiday called "Carnival" or, in the U.S., "Mardi Gras", where the only people who are at work are the people selling food and drinks to the revelers. And, I might add, this is an official Louisiana state holiday -- don't try to contact any Louisiana state or local government offices today. They're all closed.

Mardi Gras in New Orleans today is but a shadow of what it was before the Federal Flood in the aftermath of Katrina destroyed most of the city, but it is still "the" U.S. Mardi Gras celebration. For all those who made your way to New Orleans today, cheers.

-- Badtux the Louisiana Penguin

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