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Unformatted text preview: Imagine giving up all self-indulgence and fasting for forty days. This is what the Christian faith does every year at a time called Lent. Before Lent begins, there is a day called Fat Tuesday on which people cater to themselves with fats and treats for one last touch of sweetness before they prepare to fast. Every year New Orleans holds a carnival called Mardi Gras, which is French for Fat Tuesday. This is just an extended period of time in which people continue to satisfy themselves before Lent and use it as an excuse to party and drink. In the French Quarter, where Mardi Gras takes place, the general atmosphere is marked by general abandon and criminal acts. In fact, in 2001 the security was doubled and the police were on the lookout for underage drinking, fighting, riots, and possible criminal assaults due to previous problems. (Mardi Gras, 2004) The view of New Orleans through Mardi Gras is one that is unsafe and trashy. Mardi Gras which may have once been seen as a fun, family- oriented carnival is now associated with lewd behavior, excessive partying, drinking, and high crimes. Mardi Gras is the last chance people have to self-indulge before Lent. The daily parades have become social gatherings for additional partying instead of entertaining the viewers. They are one big riot it in the street, not only for the spectators, but for members of the Krewes as...
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- Spring '09