Mardi Gras translated to English means "Fat Tuesday". Mardi Gras, an annual celebration, is the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, a time of solemnity and penance for Catholics. Lent ends on Easter Sunday. Because many of the Acadians (Cajuns as they became known) who migrated to South Louisiana in the mid-1700's were and still are catholic, they celegrated, and continue to celebrate Mardi Gras as part of their culture. In addition to the well known New Orleans Mardi Gras celebration, many of the small towns and cities across Louth Louisiana celebrate Mardi Gras with a series of balls and parties several weeks prior to the actual Mardi Gras day. Unfortunately, due to COVID, many celebrations were cancelled last year and this year. But, there's always next year! Mardi is Tuesday March 1, 2022. Anyone in for a trip to South Louisiana to celebrate?
Cajuns are know for the joie de vivre (joy