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    Mardi Gras: A Chance to Win Big at Lady Luck®!

    This year, Mardi Gras, falls on February 28th! While everyone understands the basic theme of revelry surrounding Mardi Gras, there is much about Fat Tuesday that many don’t know. Here are a few Mardi Gras facts about history, tradition, food, and music that just may surprise you!

    The American Birthplace
    Today, Mardi Gras is synonymous with New Orleans. The celebration first originated in the United States in Mobile, Alabama, however. Frenchman Nicholas Langlois first helped kick things off in 1703, a full fifteen years before New Orleans was founded.

    How long is Mardi Gras really?
    We all get caught up in calling the entire season "Mardi Gras." However, Mardi Gras actually only refers to one day of celebration: the last Tuesday before Ash Wednesday. The two weeks of parades, music, parties, beads and decadence leading up to Fat Tuesday that often gets mistakenly dubbed "Mardi Gras" is actually Carnival season.

    An Actual Holiday!
    Yes, really. While a legal Mardi Gras may seem oxymoronic, this day has been an official holiday for over 140 years. Governor Warmoth signed the "Mardi Gras Act" in 1875, making it a legally recognized celebration. We thank you, Governor Warmoth!

    Why Purple, Green and Gold?
    Traditionally, revelers adorn themselves in purple, green, and gold costumes and garments. However, most don't really know why. In 1872, these colors where chosen to honor a visiting Russian Duke whose house colors were purple, green and gold. Today, many still wear these shades to symbolize justice (purple), power (gold), and faith (green).

    Why the Beads?
    According to popular legend, in the 1880s a man donning a Santa Claus costume gained notoriety by tossing glass beads into the crowds. Up until this point, krewes threw a wide range of other items, including dirt. The beads made an impact with the masses and are still used in modern celebrations and parades today.

    Other Throws
    Of course, beads aren't the only items thrown from floats (although we are pretty sure dirt is definitely passé at this point). You can find all sorts of trinkets soaring through the Mardi Gras air; food, sunglasses, hats and even toilet shaped novelties are just some of the many flying objects that make up the estimated 25 million pounds of stuff that gets tossed from floats each year.

    Mardi Gras Music is Very Real
    Mardi Gras celebrations just aren't the same without festive music. Get into the spirit of the day by listening to some of the many songs written specifically for the Carnival season.

    Get to Know the Food of Fat Tuesday
    A not-so-surprising fact about Fat Tuesday is that so much of the day is all about the food. Carousers the world over travel to New Orleans to indulge in some of the traditional Cajun delicacies that have become an integral part of Mardi Gras. Po' boys, jambalaya, grits and every type of gumbo you can possibly imagine are all culinary cornerstones of this day. Punctuate any meal with beignets or New Orleans bread pudding (or both) for a regional sweet treat you won't soon forget.

    Celebrate Mardi Gras at Lady Luck® Casino Vicksburg

    You don't have to get to New Orleans to celebrate all things Mardi Gras! Visit Lady Luck® for our $5K Mardi Gras Madness Slot Tournament. Held on Friday, February 24th and Saturday, February 25th from 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., you and your crew can join us for a chance to win a share of $2,500 each day. It’s the perfect way to begin Carnival season!
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