Happy Fat Tuesday! Mardi Gras is an annual carnival celebration which occurs the Tuesday before Lent.
The L-Tron team was excited to celebrate Mardi Gras (which is french for Fat Tuesday) by sharing King Cake, cookies, beads and beer. We purchased our King Cake from Wegmans, and were unsure if there was a baby hidden inside. Unfortunately, no L-Tron team members admitted to finding it.
In addition to sweet treats, the team got together at the end of the work day to share a beer. We love our quirky company culture – it’s fitting that we celebrate a day like “Fat Tuesday,” given that we always joke about new employees gaining the L-Tron 15. We do love to eat.
Fun Facts about Mardi Gras
Mardi Gras is an annual carnival celebration, most famously celebrated in New Orleans, Louisiana. While the celebrations often span more than a week, the largest day of partying occurs on “Fat Tuesday.” According to mardigrasneworleans.com, “The first Mardi Gras parade was held in New Orleans on February 24th 1857.” While “Mardi Gras Day” or “Fat Tuesday” is always the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday, the celebrations can span for over a month – which is referred to as the Mardi Gras season.
The colors of the celebration are a royal purple, bright green and gold. Each color has a different meaning that is relevant to the carnival. Purple stands for justice (and is the typical Christian color for Lent), green stands for faith and gold stands for power.
The celebration annually generates over $1 billion in spending, and is a huge draw for the tourist industry in New Orleans. It is estimated that in 2018, 1.2 million people attended Mardi Gras festivities – which is 3.5 times the population of New Orleans (Fastcompany.com).
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