Decatur restaurant hosts day-long Mardi Gras party

Decatur restaurant hosts day-long Mardi Gras party

That is what Mardi Gras is all about.

But there's a petition circulating in New Orleans seeking to ban Mardi Gras beads.

Neighborhood organizations are among the first groups out on Mardi Gras.

The origins of Mardi Gras can be traced back to medieval Europe, passing through Rome and Venice in the 17th and 18th centuries to the French House of the Bourbons, but in the US, the annual tradition originated in Mobile, Ala.in the early 18th century. Wednesday marks the first day of Lent, a period of reflection and restraint after the days of parades, parties and revelry.

While some people embrace the Mardi Gras carnival atmosphere, others participate in Shrove Tuesday, which is a more sedate celebration. This tradition includes the confession of sins.

Rex made his annual Mardi Gras proclamation Monday night at Woldenberg Park on the riverfront, alongside Mayor Mitch Landrieu and Mayor-elect Latoya Cantrell, both of whom heeded Rex's request to shut the city down and celebrate.

During Lent, Christians are traditionally supposed to abstain from meat, eggs, as well as sugary and fatty foods.

They enjoyed the food and music with the coincidence in mind.


Neighbors Christine Stephens and Tracy Thomas said they stay on the traditional parade route, outside the French Quarter.

"So when people see it, they say 'Oh I've seen that on the wall somewhere, ' " he said.

Carnival season started January 6 and comes to a close Fat Tuesday with festivities throughout New Orleans. Celebrations then last until midnight on the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday.

As for the feast of color for the eyes, while I will throw on the Mardi Gras beads now cascading from a bookshelf since our last visit to the Big Easy, I'd much rather don this ring from Eriness.

The holiday climaxes a two-week Carnival season, which draws about 1 million visitors and pumps about $840 million into the city's economy, according to the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Nice Carnival starts just after Mardi Gras on February 17th and continues until March 3rd while in Dunkerque the carnival takes place in the lead up to the festival.

While other Southern Cities celebrate Mardi Gras, it's most famously associated with New Orleans, where it's the culmination of weeks of parades. These krewes also toss beads to revelers.

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