Mardi Gras Survival Guide: What You Should Know to Make It Out Alive
by Chase Vicenzi, Student, Tulane University
Mardi Gras is unlike anything else you've ever experienced. Colloquially, it is called Carnival. It celebrates the final days leading up to Fat Tuesday, which commences the 40 days of Lent. Some call it the biggest party in the world. For Tulane students (me being one of them), it is the most anticipated part of the year -- bigger than any tradition at any other school, be it a tailgate, rivalry, frat party, or concert. Mardi Gras is the end all-be all of parties, and some students, like myself, are fortunate enough to live here for four years to experience it. For those visiting, you're in for one hell of a ride. Here are 12 tips for a successful Mardi Gras:
The day before a 40 day fast calls for celebration, indulgence, and food, which is how Mardi Gras came to be. Fat Tuesday is the day to go “all out” because come Ash Wednesday the sacred time of cleansing and reflection begins.The English translation of the French “Mardi Gras” means “Fat Tuesday” so it makes sense that food-lovers use this holiday to get celebratory in the kitchen. Whether you observe Lent or not, the cuisine of Mardi Gras is a reason to celebrate.