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From the Archives: Mardi Gras

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A flurry of chaos, crowds, and colorful masks, Mardi Gras is a Carnival celebration and a Christian feasting period before the start of Lent on Ash Wednesday. Also known as Fat Tuesday, Mardi Gras involves indulgence and celebrations with music, parades, picnics, floats, and excitement. Colors for the festival include purple, green, and gold, representing justice, faith, and power, respectively, with everything from decorations to clothing to those shining strands of beads boasting the tricolors. In the past, Mardi Gras was known to be quite rowdy, with destructive, drunken parties causing many cancellations and bans until 1837, when a secret society known as the Mistik Krewe of Comus aimed to elevate the chaotic experience with lavish balls and parades. Today, the festival is notorious for its grand celebrations, especially in New Orleans, where it is considered a Louisiana state holiday. On this year’s Mardi Gras, take a look back on past Fat Tuesday fĂȘtes from near and far.

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