Mardi Gras 2014

In Photos: Carnival Around The World

Mar 5, 2014

Revelers across the globe gathered to mark the day before Ash Wednesday, which is known by several names, such as Mardi Gras, Carnival and Fat Tuesday. While parades are the most common form of celebration, a few nations indulge in some twists.

The Carnival in Ivera, Italy, includes a large battle where participants throw oranges. Some revelers in the Carnival de Binche in Belgium dress as Gilles, wearing traditional outfits accented with ostrich feathers.

DJ Sessions: The Music Of Mardi Gras

Mar 5, 2014

On this Fat Tuesday, the music of Mardi Gras will ring through the streets of New Orleans — during parades, at bars and from residents’ homes.

Producer and DJ George Ingmire  of WWOZ in New Orleans tells Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson two quintessential Mardi Gras songs are “Mardi Gras Mambo” by the Hawketts and “Carnival Time” by Al “Carnival Time” Johnson.

This week on The Reading Life: Bonnie Warren, whose new book, with photographer Cheryl Gerber, is New Orleans Historic Homes.

We’ll also have a Mardi Gras visit with Rob Owen, the author, with his daughter Edie Carol Owen, of Spy Boy, Cheyenne, and 96 Crayons: A Mardi Gras Indian’s Story. And we hear a poem from Katherine Soniat.

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This week on Inside the Arts, it's Carnival time! We'll have some Mardi Gras fun with horses on parade, boats on the bayou and tips on following your nose for good food.

Plus, a musical prelude to the Lenten Season. We talk with renowned tenor and opera performing artist Fernando del Valle.

Inside the Arts airs Tuesdays at 1 p.m. and Thursdays at 8:35 a.m.

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Record-breaking crowds have flocked to New Orleans for this year's Mardi Gras celebration. It's an all-consuming holiday that wouldn't be quite complete without returning from a parade with a neck draped in beads. However, many people say it's the bands that march in the parades that they enjoy most.

In Louisiana, Mardi Gras comes each year with dozens of parades filled with marching bands, colorful floats and parade-goers who scream, "Throw me something, Mister!"

That "something" the crowd wants are beads. The goal of any Mardi Gras parade is to catch as many as possible. After the revelry, people often have so many beads around their necks they can barely turn their heads.

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There’s plenty of music in the streets of New Orleans this week, so why should the airwaves be any different? (Or the internet, for that matter.)

We’ve put together a Highlights show with some of our favorite moments from recent programs: hand-picked, home-cured, house-made audio wonderfulness.

Sit back, click play, and enjoy. Oh, you can hear much more from each of the featured artists by following the links.  

The morning of Mardi Gras calls for something a little hardier — and a little more indulgent — than your average bowl of Wheaties. After all, a long day lies ahead, thick with flying beads, outlandish parade floats and food in every form and function. When partying in New Orleans starts as early as dawn, a good breakfast is crucial.

And don't forget, Poppy Tooker adds: "This is the one city in America where breakfast drinking is totally socially acceptable." Why let such a splendid opportunity go to waste?

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