Mardi Gras 2013 in Manitou Springs, Colorado was definitely a great time and so glad I made it! After being chased by wild animals and bad guys in the jungle of Costa Rica the past month or so, getting back to a place I use to call home and hanging out with friends is something that I missed dearly while being away.
It all started at The Stage Coach Restaurant with Trey and Kelly from New Orleans. Trey went to Saint Paul’s High School in Covington, Louisiana and graduated just a few years after I did. Trey was here to visit his girlfriend Kelly who lives in Colorado and to escape the craziness of New Orleans. But…
Trey couldn’t escape crazy Tony’s craziness! LOL
None of us missed a beat and we went all out for the Mardi Gras celebration! We’re from New Orleans and Mardi Gras has always been a big deal for us Bayou kids and Manitou was the perfect Mardi Gras!
If you don’t know the history of Mardi Gras, here’s some trivia: Mardi Gras or “Fat Tuesday” as some call it is specific to that day. However, the party in New Orleans historically starts about two weeks before Mardi Gras and abruptly ends at Midnight on “Fat Tuesday”. Catholics party hard during this celebration and prepare to “fatten up” before the 40 days of Lent. Contrary to what you may have heard, the first Mardi Gras was actually held in Mobile, Alabama. But, since 1850 or so, New Orleans, Louisiana has taken this prized debacle to a new level and one that many love to partake year after year.
The exact dates of Mardi Gras vary year to year but, it can always be determined by calculating backwards from the date on which Easter falls on. Mardi Gras – “Fat Tuesday” is the day before Ash Wednesday which begins the 40 days of the Lenten Season.
There’s always lots of food, drink and music at Mardi Gras. And, the festivities in Manitou was no exception.
Thanks Manitou Springs, Colorado for providing a safe and wonderful Mardi Gras for us all!
This was a great time that my friends and I will never forget.
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