Happy Fat Tuesday!  We've all heard about Mardi Gras but how much do you really know about this celelbration?  I've got five fun fast facts for you to impress your friends on this Fat Tuesday.

As you get ready to celebrate, party and eat plenty on this Fat Tuesday, here are some facts to know:

1 Mardi Gras is always the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday.  Since Lent is about fasting and giving something up for 40 days, Fat Tuesday is the perfect excuse to whoop it up and over-indulge a bit.  Or alot.

2.  The official colors of Mardi Gras are purple, gold and green.  Purple represents justice, gold symbolizes power and green stands for faith.

3.  In some countries, Mardi Gras is also known as Pancake Day or Pancake Tuesday and everyone is encouraged to eat pancakes.  Did somebody mention pancakes?  I'm on it!

4.  Parade floats have around since the Renaissance Europe.  Back then, people were given grain, meat and ale.  Beads are much less messy and you can wear them again and again, right?

5 Beads.  You can't think of Mardi Gras without all those beads.  When did that tradition start?  Back in the 1900s.  The story is a float featuring Santa throwing out beaded necklaces was such a hit, the tradition of throwing beads began.

Now you know.  Have a good time celebrating.

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