Monday, February 4, 2008

Happy Fat Tuesday (2/5)

Tuesday, February 5th, 2008

Mardi Gras was brought to Louisiana by early French settlers. The first record of the holiday being marked in Louisiana is 1699. The starting date of festivities in New Orleans is unknown, but an account from 1743 notes that the custom of carnival balls was already established by that date. In 1833 Bernard Xavier de Marigny de Mandeville a rich plantation owner raised money to fund an official Mardi Gras celebration. Mardi Gras (French for "Fat Tuesday") is the day before Ash Wednesday, and is also called "Shrove Tuesday" or "Pancake Day". Mardi Gras is the final day of Carnival, though the term is often used incorrectly to describe the days and weeks preceding Fat Tuesday.

Join Brittany Davidson & Friends (a "Blues Folk" band) this Fat Tuesday at Cleveland's own Happy Dog Bar at 5801 Detroit Ave. The band goes on around 9:30 but come early for dinner as they have a full menu. The basket of tater tots ($3) and pierogis ($7) are local favorites!

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