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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Party Day ===== Fat Tuesday

Fat Tuesday has also been known as Mardi Gras day or Shrove Day. It occurs the day before Ash Wednesday. It is a large party themed day where every one eats all they want , as much as they want and whatever they want. It is the day before the big fast of Ash Wednesday begins. 

Bourbon Street New Orleans is one place where Mardi Gras and Fat Tuesday has left a bit of fame. Large parades and tons of food and drink. Food including shrimp po boys, crawfish, wings, red beans and rice, alligator gumbo, catfish chips, hush puppies, hurricanes, and king cake. One traditional way to celebrate New Orleans is wearing and giving beads to each other. 

The time before the large celebration of Fat Tuesday has been a period of Carnival. Mardi Gras which is French for Fat Tuesday dates back to ancient Roman festival honoring the deities Lupercalia and Saturnalia. Christians brought the festival into Lenten preparations when they arrived in Rome. The time period in the early years Fat Tuesday was a solemn feast that celebrated period of time before Lent and help use up valuable meat and supplies that they would stay away from during future days. 

The United Kingdom celebrates the day as Pancake Day. Future days will see those that take part staying way from fats, eggs, and sweets. So pancakes are perfect for Fat Tuesday or Shrove Tuesday. Russia celebrates not only for a day but a whole week to make up shrovetide or pancake week. 

The French did not originate the medieval feast but they have been given credit for it. Parades, beignets, colorful masks, costumes, and food. The 16th century the celebration was of the fatted calf The feast is a mix up of medieval spring festivals and feasts that are present on the Christian calendar. 

The first Mardi Gras celebration in America took place in 1703 in Mobile Alabama When Nouvelle Orleans was established in 1788 the Mardi Gras celebrations started. Fat Tuesday was declared an official holiday in 1875 in Louisiana 

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