The sound of jazz music, the aroma of Cajun cuisine, outlandish costumes, and beads galore can only mean one thing…Mardi Gras is here. Mardi Gras, French for Fat Tuesday, marks the end of one of the biggest and longest running parties in the world. The historical origin of Fat Tuesday actually symbolizes the last day to eat rich, fattening foods before the ritual fasting of Lent begins. Keep reading to learn more interesting facts about the celebration and how you can get in the Mardi Gras spirit. 5 Facts About Mardi Gras You May Not Know:1. Mardi Gras in American actually began in Mobile, Alabama. It wasn’t until 1857 that Mardi Gras moved to New Orleans.2. Purple, gold, and green are the official colors of Mardi Gras. Purple stands for justice, gold is for power and green is for faith. 3. More than 500,000 king cakes are sold each year in New Orleans between January 6 and Fat Tuesday, and another 50,000 are shipped out-of-state via overnight courier. 4. The highest prized throw at Mardi Gras is a Zulu coconut. This is a hand painted coconut by the Krewe of Zulu that is handed out during their parade. Major bragging rights are in order if you are lucky enough to get your hands on one of these. 5. Mardi Gras is a legal holiday in the state of Louisiana. It can occur on any Tuesday from February 3rd to March 9th and is always the day before Ash Wednesday, and falls 46 days before Easter. If you can’t make it to NOLA to celebrate, there are still ways you can get in the Mardi Gras spirit. Start by turning on a little jazz music (Dish Sirius XM – Real Jazz, Ch. 6067) and noshing on Cajun cuisine. Watch or set your Hopper to record Tuesday’s episode of ‘Down Home with the Neely’s’ at 9:30 am EST on the Food Network for delicious Cajun recipes. Looking for Digital TV and High-Speed Internet service? Learn how bundling Windstream and DISH can help you save today!
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