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Gasperetti’s is serving Poor Boy Sandwiches for Phat Tuesday

I dropped by Gasperetti's last week and they were sampling a Poor Boy sandwich, which by the way was delicious. Plus all this talk about Love and Valentine's Day almost caused me to forget about Mardi Gras and Phat Tuesday and all the great food and fun.

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Mardi Gras 2011 in New Orleans
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Mardi Gras in New Orleans [PHOTOS]

Couldn't make it to New Orleans this year for Mardi Gras? Here's a little sneak of what you missed. Don't worry, all of these pictures are safe for work.

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New Orleans Parties During Traditional Mardi Gras Celebration
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History of Mardi Gras and the Beads

Mardi Gras beads have been popularized for their widespread use on Fat Tuesday in New Orleans. Each year, crowds of people line up to snag as many beaded necklaces as their necks can hold. But where did all of this excitement start? Why are Mardi Gras beads such an essential part of the Bourbon Street celebration?

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Know Your Mardi Gras History

Mardi Gras is French for "Fat Tuesday," a reference to the binge eating a lot of Catholics do before Lent. As is often the case with holidays, the Christian roots are intertwined with earlier pagan practices. It was very common for early church fathers to integrate elements of pagan ritual in an attempt to attract potential converts.

Mardi Gras itself originated in the Middle Ages and was brought to the U.S. by the French explorer Iberville. In 1827, Parisian-style masked balls were legalized in New Orleans after a long period of prohibition. The celebration soon became known for its celebrants' raucous behavior during fanciful parades.

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