Today many Louisianians and others are observing Mardi Gras, the culmination of the Carnival season. Mardi Gras means “Fat Tuesday”, and I’m told Carnival translates into something like “Farewell to Meat”.
So today New Orleanians and others will dress in costumes and party in the streets near passing parades. It’s a day to laugh and drink and feast, and forget everything else. It’s a time to celebrate life, together, and have no shortage of fun because tomorrow… is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent. And everyone in a Catholic town knows whatthat means:ashes to ashes, funk to funky, Major Tom was a junky (who gave up beef but not smack during his 40 days of deprivation).
Here’s aquick story describing one of my favorite recent “carnival time” moments. Tonight I’ll be too tired and unconcerned to watch President Obama’s speech (much less the GOP response byGov. Bobby Jindal) so y’all will have to take notes for me…
Farewell, until we meat again.
Some of my vegetarian friends may object to the notion that forty days without meat is a “deprivation”… and I hear you and I respect you. Back in the day I was in your club, but then I decided life was too short to forego delicious items such as oysters, BBQ brisket and pork lo mein. Maybe I’m weak, or maybe I should be more concerned about my environmental impact, but either way, I respectfully invite you to “dine” onthis post (don’t miss the Dark Wraith’s comments).