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Forget Bourbon Street

Try St. Francis Avenue for a Mardi Gras party

February 4, 2012
By MaryAnn Kromer - Staff Writer (mkromer@advertiser-tribune) , The Advertiser-Tribune

Although Mardi Gras has become known as a rowdy celebration associated with New Orleans, La., the observance actually began as an ancient Christian tradition on the day before Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent. "Fat Tuesday" is the English translation of the French term "Mardi Gras." It was a day to clean out the cupboards and use up the foods that could not be eaten during Lent, when the faithful were to imitate Christ's 40 days of fasting in the desert.



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