Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Mardi Gras

Fat Tuesday, Mardi Gras, Carnival.  Today is the Tuesday before Lent, when the church prepares for Easter.  Tomorrow is a time of repentance, but today is a time to party.  The huge revelry, the debauchery, is happing as I type this in New Orleans, but many of us prefer a more traditional celebration.

I prefer the small-town Mardi Gras, and all over south Louisiana, small towns are celebrating in anticipation of Lent.  No one song epitomizes the small-town revelry, for me at least, than La Danse de Mardi Gras.  It tells a story about a group of horseback riders, Les Courirs, gathering the ingredients for a feast.

It's cold and wet and miserable outside, but Les Courirs will ride today, as they have for many, many years.  If a group of strangely dressed horsemen shows up in your front yard, give them a chicken, or a sack of rice, or some onions, or anything they can use to make a gumbo.  It's small-town Louisiana's way of celebrating the coming of Lent.


Old NFO said...

I miss seeing them... sigh

zdogk9 said...

Best Band I've seen, Ever. and some of the nicest people I've met.

Retired Spook said...

If a group of strangely-dressed horsemen show up at my door, I'll assume that the neighbor and his brothers have been at the brown liquor again, and offer them a beer. Fortunately, their horses are quite well behaved, and amazingly tolerant of human shenanigans. Thus, no call to the VFD or paramedics.