Mardi Gras 2023

| February 21, 2023

King cakes arranged in a tower/totem. The king cake is the carnival season version of the Christmas cake.

Happy Mardi Gras! Slightly overlapping the actual Christmas season consisting of the 12 days of Christmas, and the recognized days of Epiphany, is Carnival. It begins on January 6 and continues until Mardi Gras, or “Fat Tuesday”. It’s the informal “Epiphany Season”. In ancient times, the meat had to be prepared, and preserved, for the winter. However, the arrival of the Christian season of Lent meant that a lot of this meat risked going to waste. Carnival and its festivities offered a reason beyond being festive… To purge the meat before it went bad due to underconsumption during lent. Today it’s mostly a secular celebration.

From Parade:

What is Mardi Gras?

French for “Fat Tuesday,” Mardi Gras falls on the day before Ash Wednesday each year. Mardi Gras Day is the culmination of the Carnival season, a weeks-long party of excessive, over-the-top celebrations. There are parades, live music, festivals and balls held during Carnival, complete with colorful costumes, detailed masks, tons of delicious food and lots of booze!

What is Fat Tuesday?

During the 40 days of Lent, Christians focus on prayer and their relationship with God, typically by giving up or abstaining from something they enjoy (like chocolate or television) or making more of an effort to be kind and charitable. According to, it was customary for followers to use up all the rich foods in their home in the days leading up to Lent–like meat, eggs, milk, lard and cheese–ahead of the 40 days of lighter eating and fasting. Calling this season of the winter “Carnival” also has origins in the tradition of fasting: “carnelevarium” means to take away meat in Medieval Latin.

According to Britannica, Fat Tuesday is also called Shrove Tuesday (because Christians in the Middle Ages would confess and be “shriven” or absolved from their sins on this day), Carnival Tuesday, or Pancake Tuesday, since making pancakes used up many of the ingredients that were forbidden during the fasting season of Lent.

Is Mardi Gras the same thing as Carnival?

While Mardi Gras is often used to refer to revelries that take place between January and March leading up to Lent, Carnival season is the time period during which those raucous celebrations take place–with Fat Tuesday being the final night of festivities. Carnival officially begins each year on January 6, the Christian Feast of Epiphany, also called Twelfth Night or Three Kings Day. So, while Mardi Gras and Carnival both celebrate the same thing, Carnival spans several weeks (sometimes up to two or three months), and really ramps up in the last few weeks leading up to Mardi Gras, which is the last night of merriment. Think of it like the Christmas holiday season lasting from Thanksgiving weekend through New Year’s Day.

Parade and Hearinnh provides additional information on Mardi Gras, including which states recognize Mardi Gras as a state holiday.

Category: Historical, Holidays, Society

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I spent my first three years of college at Loyola down in the Big Easy. It’s a wonder I made it to my current age. . . Mardi Gras? It was really fun the first two years (the school there gives you Monday through Wednesday off because they know. . . ) The third year I just went home.

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Mentioned this morning on WFTL 850 AM Radio that the libs want to take the word Fat out of Fat Tuiesday.


I guess we could go with Shrove Tuesday, the day you repent and are forgiven your sins. Just kidding, the liberals would really hate that. Let’s just call it “drunken orgy day”, they will appreciate being recognized for their strong suits and begin teaching it in kindergarten.


If we call it “drunken orgy day,” how will we be able to tell it apart from every other Tuesday?


Ain’t but one Tuesday I ever gave a care for…and she wasn’t fat. And Naw’lins? Too bad Katrina didn’t take the damn place out completely. I played Hell there in ’02 when I married what I thought was the girl of my dreams that turned out to be my worst nightmare. Was rife with crime and corruption even before The Beast Butler took over and has just gotten worse since then.

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She may not have been a great cook but she sure could weld.


Beach Party Bingo!



I fell in love with Annette while she was still a Musketeer, back in the 50s. Haha, the movies were beyond awful.


Disney has always had a knack for finding young talent.


Odd, the thought of mingling with hordes of drunken idiots simply has no appeal for me. In any town.

Dave Hardin

I’ll have you know that I do not have to be drunk to be an idiot.


think that goes for a lot of us men  😃 


🎶 “What Shall We Do With The Drunken Marine…”🎶


🎶 “What Shall We Do With The Drunken Sailor…”🎶



If you want to see it done right, Germany’s Fasching season started partying 11:11AM on November 11 (11:11 11/11) and ended at midnight Faschingsdienstag, Fasching Tuesday.

Dave Hardin

I get a renewed faith in humankind every time some Iron Age Superstition gets converted into something useful like Debauchery, Glutting and Lust.

Smearing things on our head or sticking things up our ass doesnt serve much useful purpose that I know of. Sure, it might feel good at the time but the only part that turns out to be true is:

“Remember that you are dust and to dust you will return.”

I lernted that while being taught tortured to become Right Handed at Our Sisters of Busted Knuckles. God bless the Penguins. Most of the goofy ritual is Catholic but they like to interchange Christian for Catholic as if it were the same thing.




Dominos nabisco.



One of my favourite musical lines ‘Get up on Sunday morning, repent for Friday night..’ Red Plains – Bruce Hornsby and The Range ’86

My Mom commented ‘Owing to it’s various ethnic backgrounds and beginnings, Catholicism isn’t really a religion per se, it’s more of a Christian monopoly based on money and superstition than on actual faith’. Suffice it to say, my stalwart go-to-church-every-day Catholic aunt promptly went ballistic. Was kinda cool to watch, actually. Never seen my aunty that riled.

Residential schools, various sex scandals at various parishes and dioceses throughout Yeah. Good ‘ol Catholicism. Thank God for… Well, all I can say is; thank God for alcohol.Cheers and outta here.

My favorite prayer.


Despite the insistence of a Catholic upbringing, I was able to remain sinister in my manual manipulations.

This caused some trouble when I got to the Middle East and started hanging out with the locals.


Here in a couple weeks or so I am giving up procrastination for Lent

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I’ll wait and see.