Today is Fat Tuesday
The 12th day after Christmas is Epiphany (the day some believe the 3 Wise Men visited the Christ child. Epiphany marks the start of merrymaking that continues until the grand finale on Fat Tuesday (the last day of self-indulgance before Lent).
Tomorrow is Ash Wednesday - the day is the beginning of Lent
(a period of prayer, penitence, almsgiving, and self-denial)
which ends with Easter celebration.
The above is the official definition of Mardi Gras
Now, for my observations on Mardi Gras
Some people pay $2,000 to join a social club called a Krewe
Each person pays for their own
costumes, floats, beads to throw and ball gowns
Each person pays seven or eight hundred per parade for beads.
The Krewes do not seem to be civic or community minded,
other than parades and beads.
Every town, large or small has parades.
We have seen five.
The day of that Krewe's parade,
The Krewe rides around all day in a covertable bus, celebrating
In this picture, the Krewe in buses, along with their motorcycle escorts have stopped at the drive in Daquris Store.
The celebrating continues on the float.
Can you see the blue bottle being passed around?
(I guess Louisiana does not have public intoxication
arrests like Texas does)
Today, stores and businesses closed and
the revelry continues until midnight
Some of the floats are very artistic
And the floats are equipped with bathrooms.
Some have Children riding on them
- Bored Children
Most parades have school marching bands
Most of the bands are all black.
The Snyder Tiger Marching Band
never thought of the moves these kids have!!
Here's the Butterfly Queen
And the Swamp Monster Queen
Those are beads around her
- there's some in the air she has just tossed.
Besides beads, they toss a little candy, toys, stuffed animals.
We've even gotten a VCR tape, silk flowers,
and ramen noodle packets.
One guy was throwing dollar bills.
Parade watchers have to be careful not to get hit
in the face by a handfuls of beads.
And speaking of beads
and more beads
After a parade, streets are unbelievably littered with beads that have not been picked up.
Hansel and Gretel wouldn't have any trouble
finding their way home.
Tomorrow is Ash Wednesday
All good Catholics will go to mass for the priest to anoint them with a little oil and ash, and prounounce forgivness of their sins.
Then they will give up something for Lent (until Easter)
Like all the other good religious holidays and celebrations,
This one has turned into something that gives no glory to God.
For more information or history on Mardi Gras,
Glory to God in the Highest!