Did You Know? Countdown to Mardi Gras 2009 (02/17)


Did You Know?
Facts, Figures & Folklore About Mardi Gras

February 17 : 07 days till Mardi Gras

Did you know that Mardi Gras has roots in both Christian and Pagan traditions? Many believe that the celebration dates back to an ancient Roman fertility feast, called Lupercalia. The Church later co-opted the revelry, turning it into a sort of last “fling” before the beginning of the Lenten period.

While Mardi Gras is celebrated throughout the southern US, it is most often identified with New Orleans, where it is celebrated with masquerade balls, King Cakes, and parades.

We’ll be presenting a new “Did You Know?” fun fact each day as we countdown to February 24th! So stop by again tomorrow or for those with no patience you can visit our Mardi Gras celebration for our list of Did You Know? Mardi Gras facts.

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