Monday, March 7, 2011

Lundi Gras 2011

I grew up in southern Mississippi, not far from New Orleans.  I love Carnival in New Orleans! 

Today is Lundi Gras (Fat Monday)...the day before Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday).  I did not get to go this year, but tonight is one of my favorite nights of the Carnival season.  Rex, the King of Carnival, arrives by boat at 6 pm and the mayor of New Orleans gives him the key to the city and gives Rex the honor of "ruling" the city the next day (Mardi Gras Day).  Rex reads a proclamation stating that no one will work on Tuesday and everyone must celebrate.  Then the crowd sings It's Carnival Time and enjoys more music & fireworks.

Laissez les bons temps rouler!
(Let the good times roll!)

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