Friday, February 20, 2009
The most comprehensive guide to Louisiana's Carnival season: How To Mardi Gras
Begins in Europe Italy (Roma, Venicia), Germany, Belgium, France, Spain, etc.
Moves to New World along with the Roman Catholic religion: to the Caribbean islands, South America, the US (La and Mobile, Ala).
Carnival and Lent are a Catholic thing. N La is majority Protestant therefore has no direct connection to mardi Gras. Here it's for business, esp tourism.
Lent - fasting, abstinence and bona opera (good works). From Ash
Wed until Holy Week or Easter Sunday.
Fat Tuesday marks the end of Carnival season.
Ash Wed: priest marks parishioners with ashes and says "Remember, man, that from dust you came and to dust you shall return."
vale: "goodbye," or "the end of."
Carnaval: "the end of feasting and partying."
Boeuf gras float: "fatted cow" to be slaughtered for final feast before Lent.
See Valedictorian and Salutatorian.
Blanc et Noir Marching Society: jazz band and New Orleans second line tradition.
Louisiana: triangular southern section is majority Catholic. School holidays!