Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Mardi Gras Mambo

Mardi Gras has a rich history dating back to 18th century,  but was banned under Spanish rule.  The celebration was reinstated in 1827 when merry marching was again allowed trough the streets of New Orleans.  Shrove Tuesday is one last Hurrah before the Lenten season, celebrated in many forms around the  world, including Lithuania where they call it Užgavėnės, and celebrate it by setting straw effigies afire in an effort to "burn out" winter.  But, the most recognized celebrations are Mardi Gras, the Venice Carnivale and the Rio Carnival.  I leave you with The Hawkettes singing Mardi Gras Mambo.

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