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Cajun Mardi Gras Masks

Mardi Gras is a festival of feasting, dancing, and enjoyment of life. It is a time when the community gathers together and celebrates in merriment. Mardi Gras is the last day before Ash Wednesday. It is celebrated because it is the last day to really feast before Lent. Lent is a forty-day fast from Ash Wednesday to Easter Sunday that Christian cultures observe. Mardi Gras, or “Fat Tuesday,” is the time to eat lavishly before the commencement of Lent. The day-long celebration, or “run” as it is called, is something that the entire Cajun culture gets involved in. Contrary to popular belief, the real Mardi Gras does not take place in New Orleans with a huge parade and everyone watching and of course, extravagant parties.
In the New Orleans celebration the main difference is the size. The audience gets up to a hundred thousand people just to watch a parade. In Cajun Mardi Gras, the parade bigger and comes to the audience. This means that the parade goes from house to house giving each family a private show. Made up of beggars and game players, the Mardi Gras, as they are



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