mardi gras 2014 — March 4

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homes and businesses are totally decorated now for carnival season this year. Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday is the last day of the season, which always falls on the day before Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent.  Ash Wednesday is always 46 days before Easter. Carnival always starts on the twelfth night, the feast of Epiphany or January 6.

fat Tuesday is the last day to feast on food before the traditional fasting for Lent.

the throwing of trinkets to the crowds began in the 1870’s and is a highlight of the festivals.  parades for children and adults are held on the days right before Mardi Gras. as in most years, celebrities are featured in the parades.  this year, Fats Domino, Quentin Tarantino, and Rob Ryan of the New Orleans Saints will be in different parades.

the colors of Mardi Gras are purple, green and gold.  purple represents justice, green represents faith, and gold represents power. various items are thrown to people watching the parades in these colors.  beads, plastic cups, stuffed animals, coins, and more. people line the streets in hopes to catch these items from the different parades.  we lived in New Orleans for just under one year, and our trip this year reminded me of how much fun the celebrations are during these months.

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these photos were taken in the garden district of New Orleans, just off St. Charles Avenue.  the homes in this area are lovely and large. they are beautifully cared for and some of the nicest in the city.  Sandra Bullock owns a home in the garden district, as do several other celebrities.

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parade trinkets are displayed in trees throughout the district as well.  here are some of the trees.

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if you have never been to New Orleans, it is a must see.  eat, shop and tour the garden district. if you like to party, start to gather your Mardi Gras decor now, and get ready to celebrate in a few weeks.

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