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*Mardi Gras (/ˈmɑːrdiɡrɑː/), also called Shrove Tuesday, or Fat Tuesday, in English, refers to events of the Carnival celebrations, beginning on or after the Christian feasts of the Epiphany (Three King’s Day) and culminating on the day before Ash Wednesday. Mardi Gras is French for “Fat Tuesday”, reflecting the practice of the last night of eating richer, fatty foods before the ritual fasting of the Lenten season.

*From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Now that you know the definition of Mardi Gras, here’s my post about Mardi Gras the year we moved back to Louisiana from Alaska. This definition is mild in comparison of Mardi Gras today on the streets of New Orleans. We sure didn’t see any of this while homesteading!

Unlike here in the Florida panhandle, school districts in most of the parishes of  Louisiana close schools for three days for Mardi Gras. It’s like a mini vacation with a continuous party going on.

Click on the link above to experience my Mardi Gras in the ’60’s.



About Elle Knowles

Elle Knowles lives in the Florida Panhandle with her husband and off-at-college-most-of-the-time son. She has four daughters, one son, and eleven beautiful grandchildren. 'Crossing the Line' is her first novel. The sequel 'What Line' is a work in progress. Recently published is Coffee-Drunk Or Blind - a nonfiction story of homesteading in the Alaska wilderness with her parents and four siblings, told through letters by her mother and remembered accounts from the family.

4 responses »

  1. I’ve never been to Mardi Gras, but I sure would love the beads! 🙂
    Thank you for the good read on it!

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  2. Belated Happy Fat Tuesday wishes! It’s fun to read a about your Mardi Gras experiences. There’s nothing quite like Mardi Gras up here.

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  3. What a great essay…bet you have more of these.



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