Fat Tuesday takes off in New Orleans; Cyndi Lauper helps

Fat Tuesday, the final frenzy before Lent, was kicked off in the wee hours with New Orleans’ French Quarter decorated by a wild array of costumed revelers.

The post-midnight bash featured entertainers Cyndi Lauper – who fit right in with her blond hair out to there -- and Bret Michaels, tossing beads and wearing his trademark do-rag.  

Lundi Gras celebrations Monday night seemed to be a hit, culminating with the Krewe of Orpheus parade, according to the Associated Press, which was  led by  Harry Connick Jr.and Hilary Swank.

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Lundi Gras – or Shrove Monday – has become more popular in the last couple of decades with live music, parades and fireworks.  The centerpiece is the ceremonial meeting between the king and queen of the Zulu krewe and Rex, the King of Carnival, and his queen.

As The Times’ Rene Lynch reported Monday, Fat Tuesday ( in French "Mardi Gras") is the official end of Carnival season and is hedonistic, with food, booze, masked parties and other entertainment.

It’s a day for carbo loading and a last chance to indulge in fatty foods before Ash Wednesday and Lent.


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