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The earliest of the organized Mardi Gras celebrations were in Mobile, New Orleans, Biloxi, Miss.; and Pensacola, Fla.

"The thing about Mardi Gras is that it's all about having fun and having a party", he said.

For Dining Services General Manager Eddie Aguilar, the idea for the very first Mardi Gras night stemmed from a long tradition of hosting themed dinners. I remember going to parades and seeing the second-liners fill the streets, catching beads thrown to us from the floats above and being picked up in the wave of bounce music, jazz bands and dancers.

Matrona Wassile is in the program, and said baking the Mardi Gras treats is a lot of fun.

Krewes prepare for Mardi Gras nearly a year in advance, but not everyone understands just how much goes into it.

As we celebrate Fat Tuesday, staring Ash Wednesday and 40 days of Lent straight in the face, it's a good time to remember, reflect and, possibly, make sure you have money for bail, as the Carnival season comes to an end with Mardi Gras.

Playing off of New Orleans' staple red beans and rice dish, parade participants will push shopping carts and collect cans of beans and other nonperishable goods.

The origins of Mardi Gras can be traced back to medieval Europe, passing through Rome and Venice in the 17th and 18th centuries to the French House of the Bourbons, but in the USA, the annual tradition originated in Mobile, Ala.in the early 18th century.

A popular theory holds that Mardi Gras' origins are in ancient pagan celebrations of spring and fertility, like Saturnalia and Lupercalia.

We're happy that we got a chance to help our sister stations and their viewers see Mardi Gras in a whole new light.

The King Cake also is featured during Mardi Gras celebrations.

The annual celebration has its roots in religious festivals.

Clements started hosting the first Mardi Gras parties at his tavern in Soulard on Russell Ave.

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.

"I've heard of Mardi Gras, and I know that it's a big French holiday celebrated in Louisiana", Dankwah said.

Rex is the city's oldest parading group. "You look like you came out of 'Camelot.' It's a pretty big to-do". You can get most of these at a local thrift store or party store, or if you don't want to spend money, try combining funky pieces already in your closet.