Tuesday, February 16, 2010
It's Mardi Gras time in the French Quarter! Fat Tuesday is the day before Ash Wednesday, when Catholics begin the Lenten 40 days of penance before Easter. It started out as a time to eat rich food, so you could survive the rugged days of Lent. Somehow, its evolved into lots of partying, heavy drinking and feats of debauchery, none of which is looked on too favorable by the Catholic Church, I would imagine. Here, outside of the coffee shop, next to the Nickelodeon movie theater this granite sculpture on the ground reminds me of masks that will be seen on many of the floats in New Orleans tonight. Party on!