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Mardi Gras Celebration with the Howlin’ Mudbugs!

Date: 7:00pm EST February 27, 2014

You’re invited to come dancin’ and carryin’ with the Howlin’ Mudbugs in a Louisiana-style celebration of the Mardi Gras season! Ahh Yee!

It’s “Mardi Gras season” down in New Orleans and we’re havin’ a party Louisiana-style!

The carnival celebrations in New Orleans begin on or after the Epiphany or Kings day and culminating on the day before Ash WednesdayMardi Grasis (French for Fat Tuesday) refers to the practice of the last night of eating richer, fatty foods before the ritual fasting of the Lenten season, which begins on Ash Wednesday and includes the fasting and religious obligations associated with the penitential season of Lent.

Popular practices during the carnival season include wearing masks and costumes, overturning social conventions, dancing, sports competitions, parades, and music! In many areas, the term “Mardi Gras” has come to mean the whole period of activity related to the celebratory events, beyond just the single day.

So come and celebrate Mardi Gras at Washington College on Thursday, February 27 in The Egg, Hodson Hall where you will enjoy Louisiana culinary delights and libations, plus the Cajun, Zydeco and blues music of the Howlin’ Mudbugs!