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Mardi Gras season is not just for locals

February 12, 2015

 

CATHERINE BURKE
Staff Reporter

 

Mardi Gras may be the most anticipated holiday in the state of Louisiana.

 

Mardi Gras is French for “Fat Tuesday” and reflects the practice of the last night of eating rich, fatty foods before the Lenten season begins in the Catholic faith. Time off from school, excessive King Cake and parades galore are only a few of the components that make Louisianans go crazy during this period.

 

But do people outside of Louisiana feel the same way?

 

Morgan Nall, a sophomore biology major from Monticello, Arkansas, said she thought Mardi Gras was just a big party.

 

COONTZ

COONTZ

“I really did not know much about Mardi Gras before I came to Louisiana,” she said. “It is definitely very interesting. It’s a cultural thing I’m not used to.”

 

Genah Alawami, an ELS program student from Saudi Arabia, said she was in the dark about the holiday.

 

“I had not heard of Mardi Gras until coming to America,” she said. “I still do not know too much about it except for that people over-party.”

 

Alawami said she plans to get the full Mardi Gras experience this year.

 

“A few friends and I plan on going to New Orleans for Mardi Gras this year because we have never experienced it,” she said. “I’m excited to see what they do and what it is all about.”

 

Callen Coontz, a sophomore nursing major from McKinney, Texas, said she loves how big Mardi Gras is in Louisiana.

 

“I didn’t know too much about it when first coming to Louisiana,” she said. “I think the whole thing is so fun and festive. Everyone gets so excited and I love the energy around it all.”

 

Stef Smith, a chemical engineering major from Hudson, Wisconsin., said he did not think much about Mardi Gras before moving to Louisiana.

 

“II didn’t think Mardi Gras was a big deal at all,” he said. “I remember some years I wouldn’t even realize it had come and gone.”

 

Smith said since he has been exposed, he is hooked.

 

“I went to New Orleans last year for my first Mardi Gras and it was a blast,” he said. “It’s cool that people make such a big deal out of it.”

 

Smith said although he enjoys the holiday, he does not quite understand King Cakes.

 

“The traditions that come with Mardi Gras are weird though,” he said. “The baby with the King Cake is fun, but strange to me. I just don’t get it.”

 

Smith said he is looking forward to another eventful Mardi Gras this year.

 

Mardi Gras 2015 is Tuesday.

 

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