Mardi Gras also called Shrove Tuesday, or Fat Tuesday refers to events of the Carnival celebrations, beginning on or after the Christian feasts of the Epiphany (Three Kings Day) and culminating on the day before Ash Wednesday. Mardi Gras is French for “Fat Tuesday”, reflecting the practice of the last night of eating richer, fatty foods before the ritual fasting of the Lenten season.
February marks the start of Mardi Gras celebrations nationwide and the Infamous “Fat Tuesday” falls early this month.
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Laissez les bons temps rouler! The Council of Arts, Science & Culture (CASC), a 501c3 nonprofit organization, throws the greatest Mardi Gras celebration south of Denver! Trade in your business suit for your best Mardi Gras costume, or your favorite attire, as we bring on the New Orleans magic!
Your ticket includes Cajun-style delectables, live music, and dancing. Cocktails and other beverages are available for purchase. In addition to this fun cultural event, your support enables us to put on events for all ages including Science Day, Science Night, the July 4th 5k, and many other events that enrich our local culture.
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Why is Mardi Gras Celebrated?
Why do they Throw Beads?
Mardi Gras parades began in New Orleans in the 1830s and during that time, inexpensive necklaces made of glass beads were popular and parade krewes began to be tossing them into the crowds. The beads were an instant hit among the crowds of New Orleans residents and visiting Mardi Gras tourists and that tradition continues today.