Easter Part II  Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday) --- Another happy celebration relating to Easter: for example, Rio ’s Carnival

Q:  During Mardi Gras (“Fat Tuesday” in French; for this year it was March 4, 2003), a day before Ash Wed., people eat a lot to prepare for the time of Lent (See Easter Part I).  Is this true?

A 1:  Yes, this is true for some people. Some people also act wild, drink excessively, and generally act weird.  Fat Tuesday is just another reason for some people to party. 

A 2
:  On Mardi Gras, some people have on last big meal party because they will have the next  40 fasting days of Lent.  This event also stems from pagan festivals indicating the season of planting.  Many countries in the world celebrate Mardi Gras.  For example, Rio de Janeiro in Brazil has a large and really spectacular festival, called Carnival**. New Orleans ’ Mardi Gras*** is famous in the US.

*  "America A to Z" , U.S. General Books, Reader's Digest, Pleasantville
1200 130211  "We've Heard" on WCCO (CBS) & MPR    Rio Carnival        Brazil (World Atlas)  
Carnival 2013: Rio street party draws 'more than 1.5m' (BBC)
Rio Carnival (Rio.com) Samba Feb. 8 - 13, 2013 | Rio Carnival (Wikipedia)
Rio Carnival 2013 kicks off with Samba parade (video, Guardian)
Rio Carnival usually happens in February when the Rio summer is at its peak.

***  1202 130211  Feb. 12, 2013 Fat Tuesday, Mardi Gras        Mardi Gras at New Orleans, Louisiana
Mardi Gras 2013: Thousands Attend Parades Flaunting 330-Foot Long Super Float, Kelly Clarkson's Concert At Superdome (PHOTOS)
Mardi Gras New Orleans (MardiGrasNewOrLeans.com)  |
New Orleans Mardi Gras (wikipedia)
New Orleans Louisiana Creole Cajun Zydeco Music. Blues & Jazz of Mardi Gras Fat Tuesday NOLA Saints  (YouTube)

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5242 140303  Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday)    March 4, 2014  Fat Tuesday Recipes You Need To Indulge In This Year (PHOTOS)  (Huffington Post, 02/28/2014)
30 Classic Mardi Gras Recipes - Southern Living

10 Best Mardi Gras Recipes The Daily Meal
Menuism: Cajun vs. Creole: What's The Difference?
  (Huffington Post, Jay Ducote, 02/24/2012)
Rio De Janeiro Carnival's Opening Ceremony Kicks Off Party Season (PHOTOS)
  (Huffington Post, AP, 03/01/2014)
New Orleans Mardi Gras - Bing Images

Rio Carnival - Bing Images
Bourbon Street - Mardi Gras 2014 - GoPro Hero3 - YouTube

Mardi Gras Fat Tuesday, French Quarter, New Orleans, 2009 - YouTube
Bacchus Parade - New Orleans - Mardi Gras 2014 HD - YouTube
Mardi Gras Festival - Enjoy 2014 Mardi Gras USA - YouTube
2014 Carnival Queen Brazil Reina del Carnaval Rio de Janeiro Leticia Brasil - YouTube
Mardi Gras - Wikipedia

New Orleans Mardi Gras - Wikipedia
Rio Carnival - Wikipedia
5064 140215  Carnival 2014 pictures: Images from South America, Europe and the Caribbean - Mardi Gras and the end of Carnival isn't until March 4, 2014. The Carnival season begins on Jan. 6, 2014. ... ;  photos from Uruguay, Germany, Bulgaria, Brazil (Rio de Janeiro, Parati, Sao Paulo), Columbia, Canary Islands (Spain), and Italy.  (Chicago Tribune, 02/15/2014)

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