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Of course in America, New Orleans is synonymous with Mardi Gras and letting good times roll.

Today most French people associate Mardi Gras with wearing disguises or fancy dress, with almost nine out of ten of them considering it a time for children to dress up and party. Actually, what's a Mardi Gras party without Southern fried Po'Boys and sweet desserts like King Cake, which stores a special surprise baby in one of its slices. This is all characteristic of the Zulu parade on Canal Street, Lasof said, where participants toss chocolate coins and beads into the air.

"My legs aren't real sturdy, but when I put the float together I feel like.my dad's here", said Dupske. "Mardi Gras Indians began appearing in the late 19th century; the first group was the Creole Wild West from the Seventh Ward".

In Italy, Mardi Gras is called Martedì Grasso while in Sweden, locals celebrate Fettisdagen during which cream-filled buns called semla are eaten. Here, as in Mardi Gras we are reminded of a time when protests were just as necessary, but not as brightly lit.

The Krewe of Gemini night parade is a family tradition for many parade goers.

He mentioned the colorful decorations, incorporating the cultural staples: purples, greens and golds.

Mardi Gras will be celebrated at Northside Cafe on Tuesday from 5 - 8 p.m.

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Could you imagine a Mardi Gras without beads?

You can check out a video of Dews and others celebrate Mardi Gras on her Facebook page.

Some students, like Steinhardt senior Marco Chan, are trying to keep the Mardi Gras spirit alive even if they are not in New Orleans.

The parade also featured the 282nd Army Band from Ft. The annual concert celebration is made possible through the generous support of the Hayner Public Library District and LCCC.

"Yeah, I've heard of Mardi Gras before, but I don't plan to celebrate it this year", Rodriguez said. If you are easily offended New Orleans natives recommend staying home from parades and parties.

There were some 70 parades in New Orleans during the 2016 Carnival season, with eight of them scheduled for Tuesday.

Mardi Gras Salsa: This sweet and spicy recipe combines all the colors of Mardi Gras by using foods like pineapple, avocado and red onion. "It's the big party before the Lenten season, the ultimate blowout before you give something up for [40] days".