It's the week of "Fat Tuesday" and the crazies are out in full force. Now, I say that with lots of love: most of my extended family is out there sitting on the side of the road, drinking, eating, laughing and partying.
Some of my folks are in Lafayette, others are in New Orleans, and still others went to the annual Courir du Mardi Gras. I'll explain that later. For now, I'd take advantage of the fun times and find inspiration in the colors: purple, green and gold.
Mardi Gras is essentially the last big party before the Lenten season begins. Since Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, is the last day that one can get fat, have fun, drink, and party.
Lent is the time of year in which we prepare ourselves for Easter and that includes penance and sacrifice, prayer and good works. Some people like to "live it up before having to give it up" and others just enjoy the costumes, the floats, the carnivals, and zaniness of too many nuts in one place.
One of my favorites are the masks, which can be small works of art.
Because I like fabrics and anything to do with sewing, I really appreciate the costumes, especially those that the kings and queens wear.
Can you imagine wearing those mantles? Would you believe that I found a parade of quilts in the mardi gras theme? Goodness, I did not expect quite so many. Here are just a few of my favorites:
And so what is the Courir du Mardi Gras (Mardi Gras run)? I'll give you the short version, but go to The Advocate Online for a great article that details the rules and history. The Mardi Gras Cajun tradition in Louisiana in which riders on horses travel from one house to another begging for the ingredients of a gumbo. The people of each house donate different ingredients, including the chicken. Those chickens are live and, in the interest of fun, the chicken is set loose. The (now drunk) riders chase the chicken and the hilarity is part of the entertainment.
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Happy Mardi Gras,