Havre de Grace Mardi Gras Parade Set For Fat Tuesday


HAVRE DE GRACE, MD — The Havre de Grace Mardi Gras parade is scheduled for March 1.

Parade participants will walk down Bourbon Street to Washington Street before ending at the American Legion on St. John Street, according to organizers.

the parade will take place at 6:30 p.m. and will last until 7:30 p.m.

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It will take place on Shrove Tuesday, marking the start of Mardi Grasa centuries-old tradition celebrated by the French with elaborate masked balls and street parties from Epiphany in early January until Ash Wednesday.

The first day of March is Mardi Gras, a day of indulgence and even debauchery before the start of Lent, a period of fasting and abstinence in Catholicism and some other Christian denominations.

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Mardi Gras and Mardi Gras celebrations are a final chance to unwind before the Lenten season begins with Ash Wednesday and other holy days until Good Friday and Easter on April 17.

Those wishing to participate in the parade can contact the Havre de Grâce Visitor Center at 410-939-2100.

What is Mardi Gras?

French explorers Pierre Le Moyne d’Iberville and Sieur de Bienville brought the tradition to America when they landed near present-day New Orleans on March 3, 1699. Realizing it was the eve of the festive holiday, they hosted a small celebration at the landing spot, which they dubbed Mardi Gras Point, according to History.com.

A celebration in the small settlement of Fort Louis de la Mobile in 1703, and in New Orleans in 1718, according to a story on the Mardi Gras New Orleans website.

the rowdy New Orleans Mardi Gras were discontinued when the Spaniards ruled the Big Easy from 1762 to 1800, and American authorities followed suit after taking control of the city in 1803 and banning masquerade balls and public fancy dress. The bans were lifted when Louisiana became a state in 1812. Louisiana is the only state to make Mardi Gras a legal holiday.

Is Shrove Tuesday different?

Mardi Gras is the English translation of Mardi Gras from the French. It is so named as a nod to the lavish feasts that were prepared to eat – rather than waste – foods such as meat, eggs, dairy, sweets and other foods that would be sacrificed during the holy season of Lent, the 40 days before Easter.

Depending on where you live (and your palate), you can observe Fat Tuesday as pancake dayoriginally from the United Kingdom; Faschnaut Day, a tradition in German communities; and Paczki Day in the Polish enclaves. faschnaut and paczki both translate to “doughnuts”.

King cakes are also eaten, although according to legend these cakes appear frequently from Epiphany on January 6 to Shrove Tuesday to mark the arrival of the Three Magi in Bethlehem to deliver gifts to the newborn Jesus. A plastic baby is often hidden inside cakes.

What happens on Ash Wednesday?

In Roman Catholic churches, the ashes are applied in the shape of a cross to the foreheads of the faithful. In many cases, they carry the crosses throughout the day to publicly profess their faith.

The ashes symbolize penance, mourning and mortality. Typically, the priest will apply the ashes saying, “Remember that dust you are, and to dust you will return.”

The ashes are prepared by burning the palm fronds from the previous year’s Palm Sunday celebration, which falls annually on the Sunday before Easter.

Other Christians celebrating Ash Wednesday include Lutherans, Methodists, Episcopalians, Presbyterians and other Protestants. Some Baptists observe Ash Wednesday, but the majority of Evangelical and Pentecostal Christians do not. Mormons also do not observe Ash Wednesday.

Lent leads to Holy Week

In Western Christianity, the last week of Lent is known as Holy Week.

It begins on Palm Sunday, this year on April 10, the day commemorating the entry of Jesus into Jerusalem. The path he walked was covered with palm branches, and worshipers in many churches are given palm trees to take with them to Palm Sunday worship services.

Here are some other important dates to know:

April 14: Maundy Thursday or Maundy Thursday, commemorating the Last Supper, the last meal Jesus shared with his disciples.

April 15: Good Friday commemorates the crucifixion of Christ. In some churches, purple or black cloths are placed over religious objects. Some Christians fast, eating only one substantial meal.

April 17: Lent ends with Easter, which commemorates the resurrection of Christ, and white sheets replace the darker sheets wrapping religious objects. The celebrations are joyous, contrasting with the gloomy observance of Lent.

Patch editor Beth Dalbey contributed to this report.


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