Mardi gras

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Mardi gras

  1. 1. Mardi Gras in Louisiana Written By: Stacy Bodin Illustration By: Theresa Hardy
  2. 2. Everyone loves celebrations! Louisiana hosts one called Mardi Gras.Mardi Gras is French for Fat Tuesday. This holiday is sometimes calledShrove Tuesday. Mardi Gras is a holiday is for celebrating and eating.
  3. 3. The following day is Ash Wednesday, which is the beginning of Lent, which is a 40 day period when Christians give up something they enjoy untilEaster. Although Mardi Gras began because of Lent traditions and has since evolved into a big festival celebrated by people around the world.
  4. 4. New Orleans, Louisiana has the biggest celebration of any Americantown. It all started when French explorers celebrated the holiday on the Mississippi River and the party grew from there. Now its become a popular holiday.
  5. 5. Parades and balls take place all around Louisiana. Kings, Queens andCourts are named. Groups who organize Mardi Gras balls and parades are called krewes.
  6. 6. During parades, colorful beaded necklaces thrown from floats as souvenirsof Mardi Gras. Cups and toy coins known as "doubloons" are also shared things thrown during parades.
  7. 7. The colors forMardi Gras are purple, gold and green.
  8. 8. King Cakes are baked and shared. Small plastic babies are baked intoKing Cakes. Whoever gets the slice of the cake with the baby usually supplies the next King Cake. Photo from Wikipedia
  9. 9. Mardi Gras is a special holidaywhich Louisiana people love to celebrate!
  10. 10. Mardi Gras is a special holidaywhich Louisiana people love to celebrate!

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