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Mardi Gras and the people of New Orleans Amanda Thomann HREL 151(MW) 12/10/07 Mardi Gras is the last day of carnival and is always the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday. Mardi Gras has become a big celebration throughout the years but that wasn’t the way it started out. Fat Tuesday, as Mardi Gras is often called, is the last day before the beginning of the season of Lent. Many years ago, the people of New Orleans would clean their cupboards out on that day by cooking sweet breads and sugary treats and by feasting on all of the meat that they had in their homes. Eventually, this celebration turned into one of the largest and most well known party days of the entire year for Americans from all over the United States. Now, people flock there for drinking, partying, and to receive as many beads as possible from the spectators and from the many people in floats from the parade line. A million or more people participate in the celebration of Mardi Gras. In New Orleans, Mardi Gras is more than just one night. It starts two weeks before the big night and features masquerade balls, daily parades, and float building. There is an overwhelming trash problem in New Orleans after Mardi Gras, and the city is still trying to get a grip on it after the many years in which they have held the festivities. The trash does not stop the tourists from coming but it can hurt local retailer due to people being reluctant to buy lavish and expensive costumes to follow traditions. M ardi Gras came to New Orleans through its French heritage in 1699. Early explorers celebrated this French Holiday on the banks of the Mississippi.Throughout the years, Orleanians have added to the celebration by establishing
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This note was uploaded on 11/15/2009 for the course GENERAL 101 taught by Professor Thomann during the Spring '09 term at Mott Community College.

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