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Ever wonder what all the fuss is about? Celebrating Mardi Gras doesn't have to be hard, and by viewing the guide below it can be made even easier. This tradition includes the confession of sins.

Aaron Viles, one of the people behind the petition wants to ban the use of beads during Mardi Gras season.

If you're looking to celebrate Fat Tuesday, you didn't have to leave East Texas to do it.

Ok, I'll bite. What happens on Ash Wednesday?

Police say the day's first shooting left a man in critical condition with a head wound and a boy in stable condition with a leg wound.

The idea underpinning the holiday is that people should overindulge before giving everything up for 40 days.

Jonathan and Norma Snow of Dobson made their way to Mardi Gras after reading about the party in the Mount Airy News.

Mardi Gras Salsa: This sweet and spicy recipe combines all the colors of Mardi Gras by using foods like pineapple, avocado and red onion.

Almost 50 tribes have members who create extravagant hand-beaded and feathered suits for marches on Mardi Gras Day and Super Sunday, which is the Sunday closest to St. Joseph's Day on March 19. It was on that day in 1818 and will not be on that day again until 2285. Arrive early, carpool when you can. The bread-like cake is braided, dusted with cinnamon and glazed with Mardi Gras colors. Fill your home with everything from shiny balloons to streamers of purple, green and gold.

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Now just a day away, cupid's favorite holiday is certainly her busiest of the year - with Mother's Day a more relaxing second. Inspired by her grandmother's love for planting and flowers, Brooks has run her flower shop for more than a decade.

What is its history in the United States?

Well, this is where some controversy comes in. The locale was known as Point du Mardi Gras after the first revelry held there on March 3, 1699.

The general consensus is that you should party as much as you can, because Ash Wednesday and Lent are coming. Now, it's a tradition for many.

According to a recent poll, Mardi Gras remains an incredibly popular festival in France with seven out of ten French people celebrating it. The parade starts on Bookter Street. Krewes, which are organizations that arrange parades during the carnival season, have remained a paramount part of the carnival culture in New Orleans over the years.

The party is sponsored by he Holy Angels' Columbiettes under the direction of Adreann Belle, who is a New Orleans native.

Over time the religious-inspired celebration - that also harkens back to pagan spring and fertility rites - became a cultural phenomenon where parties were especially boisterous in Brazil, Venice and New Orleans.

While the icing dries, add the sprinkles and make three thick stripes of purple, yellow and green sprinkles to make your Mardi Gras cookies and enjoy.

The good times will still be rolling today and tomorrow as many parades will take to the streets all along the Coast.

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