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Mardi Gras entices revelers from all over the world.

Also known as Carnival, it's celebrated in New Orleans in a huge way, a most known, hence Havre de Grace with her Bourbon Street, just like New Orleans in Louisiana, throws a parade and celebration along that route.

Mardi Gras Southeast Texas officials say that played a factor in lower crowd numbers this year. The period of Lent begins the day after Mardi Gras, on Ash Wednesday, and ends on Easter Sunday.

Musician Bud Shultz said fully intends to respond that way for the rest of Mardi Gras season, through Fat Tuesday, when You Can't Beat Experience Jazz Band will perform a special Mardi Gras concert starting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, at the Alhlmeyer Auditorium of the Trimpe building on Lewis and Clark Community College's Godfrey campus.

It's Fat Tuesday, and preparation for the day known for indulgence started well before Tuesday for bakers at Indiana's oldest bakery.

During Lent, certain foods, which historically included meat, fish, fats, eggs, and milk-based foods, are given up.

The season of floats, parades and, to put it mildly, partying (read debauchery) leading up to Mardi Gras is called Carnival.

So I came to Downtown Lafayette to talk with people about what they think about the petition.

SPS freshman Matthew Oscodar is more willing to see how New York City celebrates Mardi Gras.

All there is to worry about is turning up for church on Ash Wednesday with a banging hangover and a sore stomach from too much food. Indeed the very first American parade with floats was held to celebrate Mardi Gras on February 24, 1868, during the rowdy annual Mardi Gras parade in Mobile, Ala.

The goal is to transform the dining area to look as if Canal Street in New Orleans landed directly in Northside Cafe, Lasof said. French soldiers feasted and wore masks as part of Mardi Gras festivities in 1703 in the newly founded city of Mobile in present-day Alabama. French and largely Catholic in a nation that defined itself as English and Protestant in its early days, New Orleans embraced Mardi Gras as a way to set itself apart from the rest of the the fledgling nation.

According to a recent poll, Mardi Gras remains an incredibly popular festival in France with seven out of ten French people celebrating it. The first parade in New Orleans was organized by the Mistick Krewe of Comus, in 1857, USA Today reported. The meaning of finding the baby in the cake isn't very clear, but it either signifies prosperity and good luck or marks you as responsible for providing a King Cake at the next celebration.

"It's Mardi Gras, why would you ban something that's so colorful".