Today is Mardi Gras! French for “Fat Tuesday,” it is the celebration marking the last night before the ritual Catholic fasting of the Lenten season. In New Orleans, revelers wear masks and beads while dancing in parades, with music and eating and drinking in abundance.
Its origins can be traced to medieval Europe, from Rome and Venice in the 17th and 18th centuries to the French House of the...
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Happy Mardi Gras—Some History on the Carnival