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Rick Samek

Thanks Mitch. The more folks who see your reprts/pictures the more likely they will be to attend future events. The Mardi Gras was great. Kudos to Dan Carmody and staff. R

Robert Enders

Mardi Gras means "Fat Tuesday" in French. This festival was held on a Saturday. Do they need a lesson in French or a calender?

Just kidding. I'm sure it is all intended in good fun. For those of you who are interested but too lazy to look it up yourselves, Mardi Gras is the day before Lent starts. Historically, Catholics had to give up red meat and animal fat for Lent. So they would throw a big party to use up anything that they wouldn't be allowed to eat until Easter.

In England, the Tuesday before Lent is known as "Pancake Day." Pancakes are cooked up and served so that all the animal fat can be used up.

It is quite ironic that young women in New Orleans expose themselves in observance of a holiday that has Christian origins.

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