Fat Tuesday 2011: Kicks off in New Orleans and Several Places

Fat Tuesday 2011 kicks off in New Orleans and in several places as people go partying, drinking and eating.  Fat Tuesday is also called Mardi Gras by the French.

What is Fat Tuesday?

Fat Tuesday is a day of celebration before Ash Wednesday which denotes the start of the Holy Week celebrated by Catholics. Non-Catholics though, celebrate also Mardi Grass 2011 with Fat Tuesday food that gives “pleasure” and satiates the palate.

What are Fat Tuesday foods?

Foods like pancakes, cakes and fatty rich foods are usually the foods of choice because they symbolize a non-fasting state.  Fat Tuesday recipes usually include in eggs and milk, foods which are avoided during the Lenten season of fasting.

In New Orleans, stalls are erected for food and merchandise in expectation of the influx of local and foreign tourists. America celebrates Fat Tuesday but New Orleans does it in style, with parades, floats, and the complete set-up.

Prince William and Kate Middleton also celebrated Mardi gras in Belfast, where they tossed pancakes with the residents.

People celebrating Mardi gras get ready for Fat Tuesday 2011 as they prepare their colorful clothing and paraphernalia.

This is a video about Fat Tuesday, which is uploaded by slatester.

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