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Fat Tuesday a party in New Orleans before Lenten season begins

Fat Tuesday a party in New Orleans before Lenten season begins

NEW ORLEANS, March 4 (UPI) -- A float struck a reveler Tuesday as Mardi Gras parades clogged the streets of New Orleans on Fat Tuesday, New Orleans police said.
Toronto's Rob Ford honored at New Orleans' Krewe d'Etat parade

Toronto's Rob Ford honored at New Orleans' Krewe d'Etat parade

NEW ORLEANS, March 2 (UPI) -- A smoke-belching statute of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford was among the floats in New Orleans' politically insensitive Krewe d'Etat parade, a Mardi Gras forerunner.
Horrifying 'King Cake Baby' returns as New Orleans Pelicans' mascot

Horrifying 'King Cake Baby' returns as New Orleans Pelicans' mascot

NEW ORLEANS, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- "King Cake Baby" is a monstrous, Chucky-like creature that's brought out occasionally for Mardi Gras.
Kate Stanton

Man bares buttocks behind Texas reporter

HOUSTON, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- A Texas news producer said the "stupidity of some people" leads to incidents like the baring of a man's buttocks during a Mardi Gras report.

2 people injured in falls from Mardi Gras parade floats

NEW ORLEANS, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- Two men were hospitalized after falling from their floats during the Krewe of Alla Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans, officials said.

Weekend KY Derby preps at Gulfstream, Fair Grounds

The Kentucky Derby pot starts to simmer this weekend, with valuable races in Florida and Louisiana.
ROBERT KIECKHEFER, UPI Racing Writer

Affinity Gaming hacked, patrons warned to protect financial info

LAS VEGAS, Dec. 20 (UPI) -- Affinity Gaming, which processes credit and debit card transactions for its casinos, says hackers have stolen data from its computer system.

UPI Thoroughbred Racing Roundup

Wrap-up of thoroughbred stakes action.
ROBERT KIECKHEFER, UPI Racing Writer

UPI Thoroughbred Racing Roundup

Wrap-up of thoroughbred stakes action.
ROBERT KIECKHEFER, UPI Racing Writer

UPI Thoroughbred Racing Roundup

Wrap-up of thoroughbred stakes action.
ROBERT KIECKHEFER, UPI Racing Writer

A look at weekend Thoroughbred racing

After last weekend's tour de force by Game On Dude, Saturday's Woodward Stakes at Saratoga looks like a Breeders' Cup "play-in" contest.
ROBERT KIECKHEFER, UPI Racing Writer

Sisters charged with leaving kids in car outside Florida casino

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., July 16 (UPI) -- Two Miami-area sisters have been charged with leaving their children in a car parked outside a Hallandale Beach casino while they gambled inside.

UPI Thoroughbred Racing Roundup

Wrap-up of thoroughbred stakes action.
ROBERT KIECKHEFER, UPI Racing Writer

UPI Thoroughbred Racing Roundup

Wrap-up of thoroughbred stakes action.
ROBERT KIECKHEFER, UPI Racing Writer
A look at weekend Thoroughbred racing

A look at weekend Thoroughbred racing

The Memorial Day weekend kicks off summer and, with no Triple Crown hopes to extend the spring, also kicks off a "second season" of racing.
ROBERT KIECKHEFER, UPI Racing Writer
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The terms "Mardi Gras" ( /ˈmɑrdiɡrɑː/), "Mardi Gras season", and "Carnival season", in English, refer to events of the Carnival celebrations, beginning on or after Epiphany and culminating on the day before Ash Wednesday. Mardi Gras is French for "Fat Tuesday" (in ethnic English tradition, Shrove Tuesday), referring to the practice of the last night of eating richer, fatty foods before the ritual fasting of the Lenten season, which begins on Ash Wednesday. Related popular practices are associated with celebrations before the fasting and religious obligations associated with the penitential season of Lent. Popular practices include wearing masks and costumes, overturning social conventions, dancing, sports competitions, parades, etc. Similar expressions to Mardi Gras appear in other European languages sharing the Christian tradition. In English, the day is called Shrove Tuesday, associated with the religious requirement for confession before Lent begins.

In many areas, the term "Mardi Gras" has come to mean the whole period of activity related to the celebratory events, beyond just the single day. In some US cities, it is now called "Mardi Gras Day" or "Fat Tuesday". The festival season varies from city to city, as some traditions consider Mardi Gras the entire period between Epiphany or Twelfth Night and Ash Wednesday. Others treat the final three-day period before Ash Wednesday as the Mardi Gras. In Mobile, Alabama, Mardi Gras-associated social events begin in November, followed by mystic society balls on Thanksgiving, then New Year's Eve, followed by parades and balls in January and February, celebrating up to midnight before Ash Wednesday. In earlier times parades were held on New Year's Day. Other cities famous for Mardi Gras celebrations include Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Barranquilla, Colombia, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, Quebec City, Canada; Mazatlán, Sinaloa in Mexico; and New Orleans, Louisiana, United States.

Carnival is an important celebration in Catholic European nations. In the United Kingdom and Ireland, the week before Ash Wednesday is called "shrovetide", ending on Shrove Tuesday. It has its popular celebratory aspects as well. Pancakes are a traditional food. Pancakes and related fried breads or pastries made with sugar, fat and eggs are also traditionally consumed at this time in many parts of Latin America and the Caribbean.

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