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Mardi Gras info

Category: Holidays in America - Date: (10-02-2012, 16:55)
Mardi Gras info

Mardi Gras calendar:

Mardi Gras 2012
Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Mardi Gras 2013
Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Mardi Gras 2014
Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Mardi Gras 2015
Tuesday, February 17, 2015

History of Mardi Gras parades

      Mardi Gras (Fr. mardi gras, literally - "Fat Tuesday") - Tuesday after Shrovetide week, the last day before Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Catholic Lent. Global analogue of Slavic holiday of Maslenitsa.

      This festival, with its exotic parades and carnivals began in the 18th century on the then France controlled territory of modern Louisiana. After the Spanish conquest, the holiday was banned. When the territory was included in the U.S., the local population pressed for "rehabilitation" of Mardi Gras.

      American Carnival "Mardi Gras" is primarily world-famous jazz orchestras - «The Batiste Brothers», «Mahogany Brass Band», «The Wild Magnolias Mardi Gras Indians» - and the "Bacchus Parade," which is held annually on the Sunday before Mardi Gras. Even if you shut your ears, anyway, day or night you can hear the sounds of jazz.

      Widely known is the largest U.S. jazz festival, as well as the massive festival "Southern Decadence", organized by sex-minorities. On the streets you can see the processions of people of untraditional sexual orientation.

      Best place to stay for Mardi Gras is New Orleans.The peak of the holiday falls on New Orleans from which the river Mardi Gras history starts its flow. The main activities of "Mardi Gras" unroll in the French Quarter (Vieux Carre) on Bourbon Street.

      Here the carnival turns into a paradise for voyeurs: to get the most precious trophy, "Mardi Gras" – a coconut thrown from autocade - one needs to draw attention of the "throwers." To do this, during the carnival on Bourbon Street it is considered quite acceptable to unbutton the blouse and pull up the shirt.

      As for the favorite dessert, it is baked in New Orleans at Mardi Gras too. This pie is called "The Three Kings" – to be more exact, the Magi, who brought the gifts to the newborn Jesus from all over the world. A small statuette of Christ is baked inside a pie. The one, who gets it, is supposed to treat his friends to a festive meal during the next year carnival and to entertain them at dinner. The pie looks like a colored pretzel with cinnamon.

      The crowning scene of the show is the election of the king and the queen. Tradition has preserved the reminiscences of the first carnival’s king in the XIX century. He was Grand Duke Alexis Romanoff, who came from Russia. The queen’s luxurious apparel is not inferior in cost to that of the finest royal courts.

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