Mardi Gras

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The French words for Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras

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Fried Chicken King Cake Grillades and Grits Jambalaya Mardi Gras Menu

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Mardi Gras Throws

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History of Mardi Gras Mardi Gras began in ancient times. It was the last day of feasting before the Christian Lenten Fast. Mardi Gras was brought to Louisiana by the French explorer, Iberville. He named a site on the Mississippi River Point du Mardi Gras. This site is about 60 miles south of New Orleans. He was exploring there on March 3, 1699, when his countrymen were celebrating Mardi Gras in France.

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Mardi Gras Krewes In 1857 six New Orleaneans founded the Krewe of Comus. It was the first organization to start the custom of having a secret Carnival society, the first to call itself “krewe”, the first to name itself after a mythological character; and finally, the first to have a parade with floats and a unifying theme. Today there are many “krewes” modeled after Comus. Some of the oldest krewes are Rex, Proteus, and Zulu.

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Modern Mardi Gras The krewes of Bacchus, Endymion, and others have replaced some of the older traditions by inviting a celebrity to be king and parading with gigantic animated floats.

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Mardi Gras Countdown January 6 – King’s Day Traditionally, the day when the three wise men visited the baby Jesus. In 1871 the Twelfth Night Revelers made their appearance. They began the custom of presenting a young woman with a golden bean hidden in a cake. This young women was the first queen of Mardi Gras. This was also the origin of the king cake tradition, and the official start of the Mardi Gras season. Mardi Gras Day This day varies according to the date of Easter. It is always 41 days before Easter. In Between Jan. 6 and Mardi Gras Day Balls Parades Parties

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Mardi Gras Project You will create a Mardi Gras King Cake Game. You may choose to make a Fact/Opinion or Trivia Game. Your instructions, game boards, and game cards for making either game will be distributed and explained. Happy Mardi Gras!!!

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