The literal translation of Mardi Gras is “Fat Tuesday.” A traditional day to feast celebrated the day before Ash Wednesday, a day that begins a period of fasting in the Catholic Religion. The history of Mardi Gras dates back to the late 1600’s when French Settlers brought the celebration to Louisiana. Today’s celebrations are highlighted with masks and costumes, elaborate floats, music and of course beads. At our Mardi Gras, we found many of those same things! Masks, outfits, and even some parade floats made by Bayada Home Health where the Bead Throwing Committee hosted a parade with gentle throwing and passing out beads. We served customary food including King Cake and Crab Cakes and danced to New Orleans style jazz with the St. Denis Variety Band. Two lucky residents even found the babies and are looking at a year of good luck per the tradition!