Archive for March 1st, 2011
Did You Know?
Facts, Figures & Folklore
About Mardi Gras and
Fat Tuesday Celebrations
March 01 : 07 days till Mardi Gras
Did you know that Mardi Gras celebrations date back to ancient Roman times?
The Romans’ Lupercalia festival was held in mid-February to honor the god of fertility and agriculture, Lupercus. The party had definite Mardi Gras-like qualities, including drinking, feasting and “pleasures of the flesh”. During the Crusades, the carnival-like Lupercalia became adopted as a “last fling” of indulgence before the 40-day Lenten period of penitence.
Celebrated throughout the Gulf Coast, Mardi Gras is practically synonymous with New Orleans. But you don’t have to live in Creole Country to enjoy a good party. In fact, if you want to get in on the fun, just come join us for our Mardi Gras Ball! We will be presenting a new “Did You Know?” fun fact each day as we countdown to Mardi Gras, March 08th!
There’s a little bit of the green in all Americans this month as we celebrate the “deep roots” and friendship between Ireland and the US, as well as the Irish-American people.
When Irish eyes are smiling,
Sure, ’tis like the morn in Spring.
In the lilt of Irish laughter,
You can hear the angels sing.
When Irish hearts are happy,
All the world seems bright and gay.
And when Irish eyes are smiling,
Sure, they steal your heart away.
And we’re also counting down to the big party on St. Patrick’s Day! So visit our St. Partick’s Day website for more holiday fun!
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