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Let’s Celebrate—Mardi Gras is Here!

Mardi Gras costumes

Here’s what’s essential about Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras is the annual celebration that marks the last day before the Christian season of Lent.  Mardi Gras, or “Fat Tuesday” in French, gets its name from the practice of eating rich, fatty foods before the ritual fasting that takes place the 47-days leading up to Easter.  It always falls the day before Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent.  The most popular time to visit New Orleans is the extended weekend before Mardi Gras when we can catch parades, like Endymion, Bacchus, Zulu, Rex, and all of the festive celebrations through the entire city.

Mardi Gras is also characterized by its iconic color scheme of gold, purple, and green.  Each of these colors holds a special meaning with gold representing power, purple for justice, and green for faith.

In New Orleans, you will also see many revelers sporting fun and eclectic costumes.  These costumes contribute to the festive atmosphere, and many wear the likeness of fairies, animals, mythical characters, and Medieval icons.  Some of the most famous Mardi Gras foods include King Cake, shrimp etouffee, jambalaya, beignets, and other Cajun and Creole classics.

Most Mardi Gras krewes, as they are known, developed from private social clubs with restrictive membership policies. Since all of these parade organizations are completely funded by their member.  New Orleanians call it the “Great Free Show on Earth!”

Personally, having attended one, it is something that you will never forget!

Join us at The Maria Sanchez Show as we celebrate this Mardi Gras.  Don’t forget to check out our latest program, Shadow Politics with Senator Michael D. Brown.   Tune in on Sundays at 4:00 p.m. PST/7:00 p.m. EST.

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