Strap on your gris-gris, it’s Fat Tuesday

Shoo fly, don’t bother me on Fat Tuesday – or I’ll walk on gilded splinters

New Orleans has something to smile about this year. The New Orleans Saints won their first Super Bowl in franchise history, and today, Tuesday, February 16, is Fat Tuesday. For those of you who don’t know, Fat Tuesday is in the truest sense of the word Mardi Gras. Don’t believe me? In French, “Gras” means “fat” and “Mardi means “Tuesday.” And it falls 46 days before Easter. So there you have it. If you need plane tickets, hotel room, costumes, beads and a bit of cache for the local libations, New Orleans’ economy will certainly appreciate your business. If it sets you back a bit, a no fax cash advance can be your backup.

Parties and parades until midnight brings Lent

As a bit of mythological background, the whole thing actually starts on January 6, which is the Twelfth Night Feast of the Epiphany. Three kings and the Christ Child meet, and it all builds until people can’t keep the funk pent up any longer. That’s Fat Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday. It’s one of the biggest parties on the North American continent, and many workers in New Orleans get it off. I’m not one of those, so I feel slighted.

Schedule of Fat Tuesday events

Thanks to the New Orleans Times-Picayune, here’s a schedule of major parades and events going down in the Big Easy for Fat Tuesday. Think lots of floats, marchers, dancers, Fat Tuesday goodies and a large krewe accompaniment no matter where your eye roams:

  • Zulu parade, 8:15 a.m., Central City to Downtown – beads and coconuts will be flying
  • Rex, 10 a.m. (Watch live) – King of Carnival presiding
  • Elks Orleanians, post Rex
  • Crescent City Mardi Gras, post Elks (Love how specific this is? Just chill out and have fun.) This one is a bit more family oriented

At Metairie:

  • Argus, 10 a.m.
  • Elks Jeffersonians, after Argus
  • Jefferson Mardi Gras, after Elks Jeffersonians

At Westbank:

  • Grela, 11 a.m., Gretna
  • Bes Mardi Gras, after Grela, Gretna

At Northshore:

  • Lions & Covington Mardi Gras, 10 a.m., Covington

Other Regional parades:

  • Chahta Mardi Gras, 1 p.m., Lacombe
  • Folsom Mardi Gras, 1:30 p.m., Folsom

If you’re reading this, you probably aren’t there

But if you are, hopefully this schedule helps you. If you took out a no fax cash advance to get ready for Fat Tuesday, then be sure to make it on time… how long you stay shall be directly related to your level of merriment and arousal.

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