[Dixielandjazz] Re: Fat Tuesday

david richoux tubaman at batnet.com
Tue Dec 16 20:22:38 PST 2003

The Mardi Gras thing in New Orleans (and a lot of the rest of the state 
of Louisiana) actually happens for several weeks ahead of "Fat 
Tuesday." There are balls, parades, coronations and all sorts of other 
stuff going on at any possible time. It is probably the biggest tourist 
$ draw in New Orleans but there are some football and a Jazz Festival 
things that are starting to come close.

BTW, the tradition is also part of the culture of many European 
countries, and don't forget the Caribbean islands and Brazil where 
millions of people are part of the show!

( I recently saw the "street" in Rio where the biggest Carnival show 
happens - Grandstand seats set up like a Football Arena pulled into a 
line are there permanently...)

Dave Richoux

On Dec 16, 2003, at 7:27 PM, Phil O'Rourke wrote:

> Mick reminded us that Mardi Gras means. I still wonder how people can 
> have
> Mardis Gras on a Saturday.
> Phil O'Rourke
> Australia
> Mardi (Tuesday) Gras (Fat)
> This is the day before the Fast of Lent starting on Ash Wednesday. 
> During
> this day they used to have a big "Pig Out" and eat themselves silly 
> before
> the fast.
> This was the origin of Mardi Gras
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