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Topic - Mardi Gras
), "Mardi Gras season", and "Carnival season", in English, refer to events of the Carnival celebrations, beginning on or after Epiphany and ending on the day before Ash Wednesday. Mardi Gras is French for "Fat Tuesday" (in ethnic English tradition, Shrove Tuesday), referring to the practice of the last night of eating richer, fatty foods before the ritual fasting of the Lenten season, which started on Ash Wednesday. Related popular practices were associated with celebrations before the fasting and religious obligations associated with the penitential season of Lent. Popular practices included wearing masks and costumes, overturning social conventions, dancing, sports competitions, parades, etc. Similar expressions to Mardi Gras appear in other European languages sharing the Christian tradition. In English, the day is called Shrove Tuesday, associated with the religious requirement for confession before Lent begins. - Source: Wikipedia
The Krewe of Gretna has formally asked for permission to parade on Mardi Gras behind the Krewe of Grela, returning a truck parade to the Jefferson Parish city for the first time in 14 years.
A Terrebonne Parish parade originally scheduled for Mardi Gras but canceled because of a winter storm may be rescheduled after Easter.
Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin N. Gusman says there were 895 arrests during the 2014 Mardi Gras season that started Feb. 21 and ended Tuesday.
The merriment of Mardi Gras has ended and the solemn season of Lent has begun Wednesday.
Christians on Wednesday headed into 46 days of Lent, the sacrificial lead-up to Easter -- just a few hours after the revelry of Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, left two dead by gun fire in a parking lot in New Orleans.
Revelers endured winter temperatures and a chilling rain along parade routes Tuesday as New Orleans' 2014 Carnival season neared a close.
Skies were gray, temperatures were chilly, and there was some rain.
The Carnival celebration is in full swing along Alabama's coast this weekend.
A parade of women with a signature float in the shape of a giant high-heel had a different kind of glow this year.
When it comes to Mardi Gras, no city comes close to New Orleans. But St. Louis proudly hails its annual Mardi Gras celebration as the nation's second-largest.
Mardi Gras brings out families to enjoy food, parades and colorful beads.
Two men were injured falling from floats in a Mardi Gras-season parade Sunday, despite a city ordinance requiring riders to wear a safety belt or harness.
The Mardi Gras calendar is disrupting lawmakers' review of Gov. Bobby Jindal's budget proposal.
Gov. Bobby Jindal is heading to Washington this weekend, to meet with other governors, mingle at the Louisiana congressional delegation's Mardi Gras ball and have dinner at the White House.
From 2009 to 2012, Louisiana politicians used more than $310,000 in campaign contributions to ride in Mardi Gras parades and attend or sponsor krewe balls, according to a review of campaign records by NOLA.com ' The Times-Picayune and WVUE Fox 8 News.