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posted by ColdChef
on Feb 27, 2014 -
Doors cracked, and people peered out at the apparitions on the street. Most of the grown-ups smiled and said “Good morning”, or “Happy Mardi Gras!” Kids peeked around their parents, looking thunderstruck. “Get up outta that bed! It's Mardi Gras morning!” the bone men yelled, “You gotta get your life straight!”
One of the less well-known traditions of Mardi Gras in New Orleans are the Skull and Bone gangs who come out in the early morning. Their mission, besides the celebration of Mardi Gras, is to seek out small children and warn to live their lives rightly least the skull and bone spirits should have to come to them too soon.
The tradition lives on
, continuing what began around 1819
, now mingling with the "younger" traditions of the Mardi Gras Indians
and the Baby Dolls
. For more history, check out Gumbo Ya-Ya
, a collection of Louisana Folk Tales, on Archive.org
posted by filthy light thief
on Oct 24, 2013 -
There is no word on whether IHOP has asked the Vatican to shift the timing of Lent.
As mentioned previously
, today is not only Super Tuesday, but also Fat Tuesday, otherwise known as Mardi Gras, Shrove Tuesday, or...International Pancake Day
. IHOP is not a happy camper that the biggest payday in its calendar (when it admittedly not only gives away free pancakes but raises money for charity in the process) has to compete with our pesky American democracy. As they say in their press release: “Super Tuesday, set for February 5, 2008, encroaches upon the centuries-old celebration of Pancake Day, traditionally held the Tuesday preceding Lent to rid iceboxes of forbidden dairy products.”
So it decided to thumb its nose at the Catholics and declare next Tuesday "National Pancake Day
," even though it's during Lent, which defeats the entire purpose. Except for those whose religion's highest priority is the consumption of free pancakes.
posted by ericbop
on Feb 5, 2008 -
Say goodbye to winter and welcome spring with a Russian-style Mardis Gras celebration of Maslenitsa
-Pancake Day. Maslenitsa
is an ancient pagan
weeklong Slavic holiday
held before the beginning of the Christian season of Lent. Pancakes, the traditional food eaten during this time, are round and hot, representing the sun. "Fat is the key word for Maslenitsa," said Valentina Bakhtina. It is a sort of Mardi Gras without the costumes and with a lot of butter. The central thing is to drink, be merry, and eat - pancakes and more pancakes.
posted by stbalbach
on Mar 4, 2003 -
It's finally here. You're certainly familiar with the festivals in New Orleans and Rio, but what about Haiti
, and Watertown, Tennesee
? Also called Shrove Tuesday
, Mardi Gras has ancient origins
with links back to Lupercalia
and other pre-Christian celebrations. Carnival translates as "farewell to the flesh," which speaks to the surrender of beloved things during the season of Lent
So, what will you do for beads
posted by moonbird
on Mar 4, 2003 -
It's Carnival Time!
New Orleans Mardi Gras celebrations are steeped in tradition
. From beads
and king cakes
to invitation-only balls
, carnival has been a part of the city's history since the French held private masked balls and parties in 1718. Although Spanish rule interrupted the party for 90 years, many of the krewes
have been around since the 1800s. Today, parade floats are considered an art form and some krewes spend up to $700,000
on a single float. With such excess abounding, consider yourself warned
posted by ajr
on Feb 27, 2003 -
It's not a "sit-in"
but it rhymes with it. "Caroline Estes is organizing a mass protest of a new Austin police policy to ticket women who flash their breasts at the upcoming Mardi Gras celebration on Sixth Street."
posted by mr_crash_davis
on Feb 7, 2002 -
Mardi Gras riots
are a disturbing trend as almost every celebration these days turns bad. What's different that these things happen? My personal experience in Seattle inside (because it's a self-link)
posted by john
on Feb 28, 2001 -