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As a Wiseman, I can now officially authorize you to purchase King Cakes. But don't go for the donut based-ones, those aren't real. Go for the ones from Randazzo's or Gambino's. Seriously.

Mardi Gras is a date (the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday) and a season that begins on Epiphany. I can't explain it better than Wikipedia, so here it is
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Mardi Gras
in New Orleans, Louisiana is one of the most famous Carnival celebrations in the world

The New Orleans Carnival season, with roots in the start of the Catholic* season of Lent, starts on Twelfth Night (January 6). The season of parades, balls (some of them masquerade balls), andking cake parties begins on that date.

From about two weeks before, through Fat Tuesday, there is at least one major parade each day. The largest and most elaborate parades take place the last five days of the season. In the final week of Carnival many events large and small occur throughout New Orleans and surrounding communities.

The parades in New Orleans are organized by Carnival krewes. Krewe float riders toss throws to the crowds; the most common throws are strings, usually made of plastic colorful beads,doubloons (aluminium or wooden dollar-sized coins usually impressed with a krewe logo), decorated plastic throw cups, and small inexpensive toys. Major krewes follow the same parade schedule and route each year.

While many tourists center their Mardi Gras season activities on Bourbon Street and the French Quarter, none of the major Mardi Gras parades have entered the Quarter since 1972 because of its narrow streets and overhead obstructions. Instead, major parades originate in the Uptown and Mid-City districts and follow a route along St. Charles Avenue and Canal Street, on the upriver side of the French Quarter.

To New Orleanians, "Mardi Gras" refers to the whole Carnival Season; visitors tend to refer to Fat Tuesday as "Mardi Gras." Some locals have thus started to refer to the to the last two of Carnival as "Lundi Gras" & "Fat Tuesday" to avoid confusion.


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Craig Wiseman January 8th, 2009 08:09:44 AM