Happy Mardi Gras to all!! Mardi Gras, which is French for Fat Tuesday, is a week long celebration where people celebrate and enjoy themselves with parades, live music, and good food. The origin behind Fat Tuesday is that it’s supposed to be somewhat of a release period before Lent, where you have to give up a privilege in your life that you possess. I would always hear my grandmother saying things about Lent and she would stop drinking until it was over. If I had to sum up what Mardi Gras means with just a few words, it would “party on the streets.” No matter what parade you catch, you can feel the energy and the excitement in the crowds around you. It’s truly a great experience to see and just embrace the culture and history of Mardi Gras.
Living in Memphis, I’ve grown to really appreciate Mardi Gras and really understand what makes it so special. People from all over the world come to enjoy the wonders of Mardi Gras season. I can remember standing outside in the cold to catch a parade on Canal St. or being out with my oldest brother looking at the colorful Indians as they danced and chanted up the street. Mardi Gras is truly a wonderful thing to see and though I can’t be in New Orleans, I can think back on the memories and feel like im there again.