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   Vol. 23 No. 8
Thursday February 15, 2024

Mardi Gras 2024

Mardi Gras

     The big party for “Fat Tuesday”, Mardi Gras in New Orleans and in other places in USA and around the world was yesterday. Yesterday Ash Wednesday began Lent that ends with the celebration of Easter Sunday March 31, 2024.
     Since Larry Johnson retired from Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport - MSY, we don’t hear much about cargo down there anymore, but from early in our experience we followed this pioneering cargo marketing man and his airport and then by association always the Mardi Gras celebration.
     Mardi Gras “helped save New Orleans,” said the writer Errol LaBorde in an article published in New Orleans Magazine titled “Why There Will Always Be Mardi Gras.”
     “Several times,” Laborde opined, "we have been warned by mayors that because of some civic crisis, the upcoming Mardi Gras might be cancelled.
Citizens were told that during the 1979 police strike; in the 1990s in the wake of a controversial Civil Rights ordinance; in 2006 after Katrina, when COVID-19 hit in 2020.
     “There should be a permanent sign over every door in the mayor’s office that reads: MARDI GRAS CANNOT BE CANCELLED —EVER. This is more than civic boosterism but a statement of historic fact.”
     Mardi Gras, Christmas and Easter, are dates on the Gregorian calendar enshrined since 1582.
     Mardi Gras is a secular holiday, but it's tied to Christian and Roman Catholic traditions. It always falls the day before Ash Wednesday and is seen as a final day of feasting and revelry before the solemnity of Lent.
     This year Bourbon Street in the French Quarter of old New Orleans was cheek to jowl filled with thousands of revelers as a local TV station caught the mood of a massive jubilant crowd:
     “I was raised Catholic, so tomorrow's for repenting but today is for partying,” Bethany Kraft, a regular visitor from Mobile, Alabama, said as she waited with her husband Alex for the big parade.
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