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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Party! It's Mardi Gras!

From Yahoo!

From the family-friendly avenues of the Garden District to raunchy displays in the French Quarter, New Orleans let loose with a Fat Tuesday party as parades rolled and revelers frolicked amid showers of beads, trinkets and music.

The French Quarter began to fill with costumed revelers soon after dawn. Some people hadn't stopped drinking since Monday's Lundi Gras prequel to Mardi Gras.

Wearing a bright orange wig, a purple mask and green shoes, New Orleans resident Charlotte Hamrick walked along Canal Street to meet friends.

"I'll be in the French Quarter all day," Hamrick said. "I don't even go to the parades. I love to take pictures of all the costumes and just be with my friends. It's so fun."

Across the globe, people dressed up in elaborate costumes and partied the day away. In Rio de Janeiro, an estimated 850,000 tourists joined the city's massive five-day blowout. Meanwhile, the Portuguese, who have suffered deeply in Europe's debt crisis, defied a government appeal to keep working.

In New Orleans, Brittany Davies was struggling through the early morning hours. Still feeling the effects of heavy drinking from the night before, her friends had her out again on Tuesday.

"They're torturing me," the Denver woman joked. "But I'll be OK after a bloody mary."


Anonymous said...

What is the actual reason for Mardi Gras?? I know most people like it and Fat Tuesday and stuff like that just for the drinking and partying, but does anybody know the real cultural relevance?? I am kinda interested now.....

Nicole Baxter COM 101-4080

Christina Ortega COM101-4049 said...

i think its great to see people celebrating life even in such hard times!!

Anonymous said...

The night before Lent begins, and we have to give up our vices and pay attention to what leads up to Easter. Also, there are deeper pagen roots but I do not know what those are..

Anonymous said...

I have been to New Orleans and partied on Bourbon Street but never during Mardi Gras. It is definitely on my bucket list.