2018.01.06 Our First Mardis Gras Parade

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The weather was cool but clear and we were ready for our first Mardi Gras Parade. D'Arcy and I put on our Mardi Gras beads and watched a walking parade on Decatur Street. The Joan of Arc parade is an annual walking parade to celebrate St Joan of Arc’s birthday and Epiphany. The procession is inspired by Joan’s time in France in the 1400s, where she liberated the citizens of Orleans, France from British siege. Parade goers can be found dressed in gold and other bright colours.

Mardi Gras literally means "Fat Tuesday" in French and is also known as "Shrove Tuesday" in Catholicism. Mardis Gras is the day before Ash Wednesday, the start of Lent when Catholics fast and give up things for forty days. Fat Tuesday is the last day to eat and enjoy things before fasting. The season starts on Epiphany with parades and celebrations culminating in the big parades on Mardis Gras day itself.

We are going again next weekend for two more parades, Krewe du Vieux and krewedelusion. Both go near and around Frenchmen Street.

Happy 606th birthday to St. Jeanne D'Arc

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