cj Sez: You think Mardi Gras is a one-day affair? Like Paczki Day* in Hamtramck, Michigan? Think again, Grasshopper. Mardi Gras may be a one-day affair in some places, but in Mobile, Alabama, it’s a season.
And for your reading and writing pleasure, here is some info …
The Mardi Gras season officially started on January 6, the assigned date the three wise men were thought to have visited the baby Jesus—otherwise known as “Three Kings Day” or “Epiphany.”
In 2022 in the Mobile area, the first parades start on January 29 when the Krewe De La Dauphine rolls the first Mardi Gras parade through the streets of Dauphin Island. The Dauphin Island People’s Parade follows on February 5, and the 2022 Mardi Gras season is off and running. Parades in the city of Mobile, the birthplace of Mardi Gras celebrations in the U.S., begin on February 11, and they don’t stop until March 1, the day of Mardi Gras, aka known as Fat Tuesday and Shrove Tuesday.
For weeks, the streets of Mobile will be filled with the sights and sounds of live marching bands, brilliantly colored floats, and crowds of parade goers. More than 40 parades are scheduled to roll in downtown Mobile and elsewhere in the Gulf Coast area.
Now for some Mardi Gras definitions:
ASH WEDNESDAY: The end of Mobile’s Mardi Gras season. All the excitement and celebrations of Mardi Gras season come to a screeching halt at 12:00 a.m. on Ash Wednesday
CARNIVAL: The term carnival has been loosely translated as “farewell to meat,” the temporary period before the Lenten period when devout Catholics forego eating meat.
KING CAKE: King cake is made of a rising dough, braided into a circle with cinnamon and sugar, topped with fondant icing, and sprinkled with purple, green and gold sugar.
KREWE: A Mardi Gras organization. Krewe members wear masks when they ride on the floats (colorfully decorated trailers, pulled by trucks) and heave throws into the crowds. They also fund and create the parades.
LUNDI GRAS: The French term for “Fat Monday” —the day before Mardi Gras.
MARDI GRAS: The French term for “Fat Tuesday,”—the calendar day of Mardi Gras.
MARDI GRAS BALL: Krewes hold formal balls after their parades. At the balls, the krewe introduces the organization’s honored members, a royal court that includes queens and kings.
THROWS: The goodies that krewes throw from floats into the crowds lining the street during the parades. Toys are popular throws (note the beads decorating grandson's tux), but bright, shiny bead necklaces and moonpies are the most popular throws. MoonPies are graham-cracker-type rounds filled with various flavors of marshmallow, covered in chocolate, and are celebrated items in Mobile … Mobile even celebrates the arrival of the New Year with a Moonpie Drop.
LAISSEZ LES BONS TEMPS ROULER: Cajun-French for “Let the good times roll” (and they do!)
Etcetera and P.S.A.
This post from author/editor Judy Penz Sheluk crossed my Facebook page recently, and I think it’s an important educational/informational piece for all you writers out there. http://www.judypenzsheluk.com/
Mobile Writers Guild anthology:
Mardi Gras Pieces
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