Mardi Gras/"Fat Tuesday"....February 24, 2009
For those of you that read this blog from outside of the Deep South, Mardi Gras is French for "Fat Tuesday" and refers to the carnival period during the days just prior to Ash Wednesday. It is a time of partying, gorging, and feasting (on Fat Tuesday) in preparation for the season of Lent (the 40 days of spiritual reflection in anticipation of the resurrection of Jesus Christ) that begins on Ash Wednesday.
Large Mardi Gras festivities take place in cities like New Orleans, Louisiana; Mobile, Alabama; and Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. We took in a large parade in New Orleans, Krewe of Toath.
Buck-a-roo was all about a parade. He hollored, "Throw me somethin, Mister" for two straight hours. He remained perched atop Daddy Buck's shoulders and caught oodles of beads, stuffed animals, footballs, swords, and the coveted, spear!
Frank-o was content with the first round of beads, that when draped around his neck weighed him down to the point that he took a seat in the folding chairs and that was all she wrote. He slept through the screams of the crowds, the beat of the drums from the marching bands, and the sirens of the firetrucks signaling the end of the parade.
As we say in these parts .... Laissez les bon temps rouler/"Let the good times roll"
It all ends on Wednesday .... when I will attend Mass during the day, receive my ashes and blessing for Ash Wednesday, abstain from meat/meat products on Ash Wednesday and every Friday of Lent, and make a self-sacrifice for the entire 40 days of Lent.