Mardi Gras: Mardi Gras: Fun

French for "Fat Tuesday," Mardi Gras originated as a celebration of spring and evolved into an indulgent period often followed by fasting and sacrifice. It is an opportunity to have some Fun, Food, and Faith.
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  1. carnival
    a festival marked by merrymaking and processions
    The word carnival, another common name for the pre-Lenten festivities, also derives from this feasting tradition: in Medieval Latin, carnelevarium means to take away or remove meat, from the Latin carnem for meat.
  2. festivity
    any joyous diversion
    Also known as Carnival or Carnaval, it’s celebrated in many countries around the world—mainly those with large Roman Catholic populations—on the day before the religious season of Lent begins. Brazil, Venice and New Orleans play host to some of the holiday’s most famous public festivities, drawing thousands of tourists and revelers every year.
  3. revelry
    unrestrained merrymaking
    On Mardi Gras in 1827, a group of students donned colorful costumes and danced through the streets of New Orleans, emulating the revelry they’d observed while visiting Paris.
  4. extravaganza
    any lavishly staged or spectacular entertainment
    The Christian feasting period-turned-cultural phenomenon dates back thousands of years, and while New Orleans takes the cake for the most colorful and elaborate celebrations, the joyful extravaganza is enjoyed all over the globe. People
  5. hedonistic
    devoted to pleasure
    This fusion resulted in a hedonistic period of boozing, masquerading and dancing with a heavy dose of religion.
  6. debauchery
    a wild gathering
    According to historians, festivities resembling Mardi Gras go back thousands of years to ancient Roman festivals celebrating the harvest season. After Christianity arrived in Rome, old traditions were incorporated into the new faith and debauchery became a prelude to the Lenten season.
  7. bacchanalian
    used of riotously drunken merrymaking
    In 1687, the minister Increase Mather, who believed that Christmas celebrations derived from the bacchanalian excesses of the Roman holiday Saturnalia, decried those consumed "in Revellings, in excess of wine, in mad mirth." Salon
  8. fete
    an elaborate party, often outdoors
    “And this was the best,” one character thinks, “the best days of her life. After this there would be only committees and fetes and recounting anecdotes to her fidgeting grandchildren.” New York Times
  9. jamboree
    a festive party or celebration
    Last week was the arrivals portion of the jamboree, and this week is as close to “eat, drink and be merry” as we were likely to get. Salon
  10. shindig
    a large and noisy party of people
    After the concert, gala guests crossed Grand Avenue in downtown Los Angeles for a glitzy season-opening shindig, which paid tribute to the Golden State. Los Angeles Times
  11. masquerade
    a party of guests wearing costumes and disguises
    In Italy, tourists flock to Venice’s Carnevale, which dates back to the 13th century and is famous for its masquerade balls.
  12. ensemble
    a coordinated outfit (set of clothing)
    Purple, green and gold are the official colors of Mardi Gras, so you can dress up in a fun ensemble that incorporates these colors. USA Today
  13. glitz
    extravagant showiness that is tasteless or superficial
    Synonymous with Mardi Gras, New Orleans welcomes nearly 1.5 million visitors annually to take part in the Carnival festivities — ranging from elaborate parades with decked-out floats to glitzy costumes with dazzling headdresses, feathers, and an excess of glitter. People
  14. grotesque
    distorted and unnatural in shape or size
    They dressed as Mister Crimson or the Lost Bride, or wore the grotesque, goggle-eyed mask of the Madman—all characters from the Komedie Brute.Six of Crows
  15. ingenuous
    characterized by an inability to mask your feelings
    When allowed, as in the concluding “Fiesta Flamenca,” the dancers revealed some appealingly ingenuous charm and spirit. New York Times
  16. festoon
    decorate or adorn
    Hundreds of people filled the room; they stood along the walls or danced under a ceiling festooned with red and white crepe paper.Lupita Mañana
  17. float
    an elaborate display mounted on a platform in a parade
    In 1857, a secret society of New Orleans businessmen called the Mistick Krewe of Comus organized a torch-lit Mardi Gras procession with marching bands and rolling floats, setting the tone for future public celebrations in the city.
  18. procession
    the action of a group moving ahead in regular formation
    While many parades and parties take place during the celebration period, the Krewe du Vieux is the most anticipated as it's one of the earliest parades of the New Orleans Carnival calendar founded in 1987, consisting of more than 40 themed-parade processions while showcasing some of the top brass and traditional jazz bands in New Orleans. People
  19. spectacle
    an elaborate and remarkable display on a lavish scale
    One hundred thirty-five million people, an audience of unprecedented size, tuned in to watch the spectacle as it unfolded on live television.Hidden Figures
  20. ovation
    enthusiastic recognition
    Gradually, the applause grew from very small to a thunderous standing ovation for the little girl who took her bows with tears in her eyes.Forged by Fire
  21. trinket
    a small cheap ornament, knickknack, or piece of jewelry
    Other lasting customs include throwing beads and other trinkets, wearing masks, decorating floats and eating King Cake.
  22. sequin
    a small disk of shiny material used to decorate clothing
    She was wearing an orange dress with silver sequins at the hem and gold sequins sprinkled around its gauzy sleeves.Raymie Nightingale
  23. souvenir
    something of sentimental value
    It was a cheap souvenir, the kind tourists bought along East Stave, but it had seemed to please her.Six of Crows
  24. cacophony
    a loud harsh or strident noise
    A cacophony of sounds wafts through the pavilion as four female vocalists each sing, whistle, hum and wail on video screens. New York Times
  25. clamor
    a loud, harsh, or strident noise
    A long whoop and clamor with whistling and foot-stomping arose in the room.The Great Santini
  26. jazz
    genre of American music that developed in the 20th century
    Leroy’s band would play some jazz and the whole thing was going to turn into a party that would end up in Big Joe’s place.145th Street: Short Stories
  27. innovative
    introducing new ideas or creative methods
    Over a recording career that spanned more than 50 years and three dozen albums, she championed innovative Brazilian songwriters and cross-fertilized Brazilian regional styles with international pop and rock. New York Times
  28. ecstatic
    feeling great rapture or delight
    I was totally ecstatic about being a part of something that I’d heard so many wonderful things about.The Freedom Writers Diary
  29. jocular
    characterized by jokes and good humor
    His lips were often pressed together in a jocular grin, as if all the world were his to laugh at.Educated
  30. jubilant
    full of high-spirited delight
    His laughter was so infectious and jubilant, she couldn’t help but be taken in.The Serpent King
  31. outrageous
    greatly exceeding bounds of reason or moderation
    I wasn't sure if I actually said something funny, or if he just found Noodles and me asking for nice clothes so outrageous that laughter was the only possible response.When I Was the Greatest
  32. frolic
    play boisterously
    While the drummers drummed and the dancers danced, hotel guests frolicked with their children in the water.The God of Small Things
  33. rollicking
    given to merry frolicking
    The musicians began again, with a louder, rollicking tune, and the villagers cheered and turned to the waiting feast.Son
  34. romp
    light-hearted recreation activity
    They just laughed and ran in a game that was partly tag, partly piggy-in-the-middle, and partly just a magnificent romp.Coraline
  35. vigorous
    characterized by forceful and energetic action or activity
    “This is the life,” he said after a vigorous slurp.Hattie Big Sky
Created on January 25, 2023 (updated February 14, 2023)

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