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Did You Know? Countdown to Mardi Gras (03/05)

Saturday, March 5th, 2011

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Did You Know?
Facts, Figures & Folklore
About Mardi Gras and
Fat Tuesday Celebrations

March 05 : 03 days till Mardi Gras

Did you know that the tradition of Krewes tossing out handouts to parade onlookers — or “throws” in New Orleans parlance — dates back to Renaissance Europe?

That’s where the festival custom started in which lords and ladies would hurl mead and ale at revelers. Some historians believe the tradition has even more ancient roots. Pagan peasants would toss grains at their fields in the springtime, as a show of gratitude to the deities for allowing them to survive the bitter winters.

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!

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Holiday Invite: Mardi Gras on the Net

Friday, March 4th, 2011

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Happy Mardi Gras!

Holidays on the Net is delighted to invite you to join our fun-filled party in honor of Fat Tuesday, Mardi Gras on the Net. That’s right, you don’t have to live in New Orleans to enjoy this good time. But if you do live on the Gulf Coast, you know that Creole Country is practically synonymous with Mardi Gras!

Come discover the history of Mardi Gras, which is also known as Fat Tuesday (including how a cold February Tuesday got it’s “fat” nickname.) Delight in the magical lure of a Mardi Gras parade, layered with traditions of beads, doubloons and trinkets. If you are hosting a Mardi Gras party, you can learn how to bake a traditional King Cake or even make your very own parade float!

Young children are sure to enjoy our Mardi Gras craft projects, such as making your own festival masks. Plus we have tons of free coloring pages for filling a rainy afternoon. Don’t forget to flex your trivia muscle with our fun Did You Know feature.

Mardi Gras will be celebrated next week, Tuesday March 08, 2011. I look forward to seeing you soon on Holidays on the Net.

Happy Holidays!
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Did You Know? Countdown to Mardi Gras (03/04)

Friday, March 4th, 2011

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Did You Know?
Facts, Figures & Folklore
About Mardi Gras and
Fat Tuesday Celebrations

March 04 : 04 days till Mardi Gras

Did you know that the first Mardi Gras parade was staged in the United States in 1837?

It has been reported that there was just one float, which, despite its crudeness, brought great joy to the people of New Orleans. Today, the city begins its cascade of parades the Friday before Ash Wednesday. The parades feature hundreds of different floats from the city’s many parishes, each of which is sponsored by a different Krewes, or club.

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!

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Did You Know? Countdown to Mardi Gras (03/03)

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

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About Mardi Gras and
Fat Tuesday Celebrations

March 03 : 05 days till Mardi Gras

Did you know that historians differ about how exactly Mardi Gras was brought to the United States, but all agree it was due to French influence in the territory of Louisiana?

Some think the French explorer Sieur d’Ibervilled introduced Mardi Gras when he landed in what is today Louisiana in 1699. Others say that early French settlers to Louisiana introduced Mardi Gras to the Americas. While others argue that the first Mardi Gras was celebrated by French soldiers back in 1703, in the city of Mobile, Alabama. Either way, by the 1820s, Mardi Gras was firmly entrenched in New Orleans culture.

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!

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Did You Know? Countdown to Mardi Gras (03/02)

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

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About Mardi Gras and
Fat Tuesday Celebrations

March 02 : 06 days till Mardi Gras

Did you know that the last Tuesday before Lent developed a variety of different traditions depending on what country one was living in?

The one commonality was that all these traditions were indulgent! In English, for example, a feast of pancakes was served. In France, Mardi Gras — meaning “Fat Tuesday” — was especially indulgent, reminiscent of ancient Roman times.

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!

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Did You Know? Countdown to Mardi Gras (03/01)

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

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Did You Know?
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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!

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Holiday Reminder: Mardi Gras

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

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Holiday Reminder: Mardi Gras will be celebrated in 2 weeks, Tuesday March 08, 2011.

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