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Mardi Gras By Kimberly Dang and Tia Banerjee

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The Origin Mardi Gras was introduced in the 17 th century. Back then, people held many festivals to welcome Spring. Mardi Gras was one of these festivals.

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When and How it is Celebrated It is celebrated 47 days before Easter. Mardi Gras is dated as soon as February 3 rd or as late as March 9 th . The date of Mardi Gras effects how long the Carnival season lasts. It can last from 28 to 63 days. Depending on your rank determined how you celebrated Mardi Gras (privately or publicly).

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Where it is celebrated Mardi Gras originally originated in Europe. It is celebrated not only in New Orleans, but it is also celebrated in Mississippi and Alabama. Mardi Gras in Mississippi.

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King Cakes Around the 12 th century is, believed to be, when the King Cake originated in France. Back then a bean, coin, or pea was hidden inside the cake. Whoever got the hidden item became King for the day and good luck in the upcoming year.

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Did you know... The term “Fat Tuesday” may have started from the custom of parading a fat ox through French towns and villages on Shrove Tuesday. In England, it is called Pancake Tuesday. Meaning of Colors      Justice (purple)      Faith (green)      Power (gold)

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Major Mardi Gras Parades -2/13/09 Cleopatra (West Bank, 6:30 PM) Excalibur (Metairie, 7 PM) -2/14/09 Caesar (Metairie, 6 PM) -2/15/09 Rhea (Metairie, 1 PM) Barkus (French Quarter, 2 PM) -2/18/09 Thor (Metairie, 7 PM) -2/21/09 Endymion (Mid-City, 4:15 PM) -2/22/09 Bacchus (Uptown, 5:15 PM) -Lundi Gras (2/23/09) Zeus (Metairie, 6:30 PM) -Mardi Gras (2/24/09) Zulu (Uptown, 8 AM) Rex (Uptown, 10 AM)

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Works Cited Hardy, Arthur. Mardi Gras in New Orleans . New Orleans: Arthur Hardy Enterprises Inc., 2001. Myers, Robert J. "Mardi Gras." World Book Student . 2009. 15 January 2009 < http://www.worldbookonline.com/student/article?id=ar343980 >. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Orleans_Mardi_Gras . January 22,2009. (source of chart). http://www.nola.com/mardigras/parades/ . January 30, 2009. http://www.kingcake.com/History.aspx . January 30, 2009.

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