I learned so much about Mardi Gras these last few days. I always knew that it fell on a seemingly random Tuesday in February or March and that there was a long pre-party called Carnival, but it’s so much more than that. Did you know that Fat Tuesday always falls the day before Ash Wednesday? And did you know that Ash Wednesday is always 46 days before Easter, which is the first Sunday after the first full moon after the Spring Equinox? It’s not random at all! It’s really a predetermined sequence of events guided by nature. And then there’s the King Cake tradition. Mardi Gras has a fascinating and rich history.
Carnival starts in January and the atmosphere builds up until the big event that is called Fat Tuesday. But this year, with the Saints winning the Superbowl, I think the big event has already happened! Can you imagine what today is going to be like in New Orleans? I bet Mardi Gras began early this year–February 7!
According to the Mardi Gras New Orleans blog, the Saint’s quarterback, Drew Brees, was crowned King of the Krewe of Bacchus and participated in Sunday’s parade! Today should be a state holiday for Louisiana. I doubt anybody is getting work done!
If you’re in New Orleans, what’s it like? Send us some beads!