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Gras in New Orleans
Gras" is French for "Fat Tuesday." It is the day
before Ash Wednesday, a day of celebration and partying before
the rigors of Lent's forty days of fasting and sacrifice. While
the calendar shows Mardi Gras as a Tuesday, the festivities begin
much earlier, on January 6th (Kings Day), and most of the celebration
is in the form of Balls and Parades for two weeks or more before
Mardi Gras Day.
Gras in New Orleans is a holiday, and the City is shut down. The
Mardi Gras customs of today have evolved over several hundred
years. If you are not native to the area, you will have to learn
the lingo, customs, rules and philosophy to truly appreciate what
Mardi Gras is about.