It's that time again! Time to put on the makeup, strap on the feathers, and start making those waffles that is!

A Brief History

Based originally on a Catholic transition, Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, is an opportunity to indulge before going on fast until Easter. In the old days meat sugar, fat, eggs, and diary products were no-no's during this fasting period and so one had to bulk up in preparation.

Mardi Gras in France

Today in Europe, Mardi Gras is an opportunity to enjoy outdoor feasts, masquerade processions, masked balls, parades, pageants, jugglers, magicians, and stilt walkers. This is what the French also call "le Carnival". In France, the big parades organised in towns such as Paris, Nice, and Lille are occasions to go out all disguised with make-up, fancy hats and elaborate masks, to dance and sing in the streets, while throwing confetti. No Mardi Gras is complete without crêpes, waffles and beignets.

Here are a few vintage posters to help put you in the mood:

Better yet, try these Easy and Fluffy Belgian Waffles recipe from Something Swanky

What are you doing to celebrate Mardi Gras?

Posted: Mar 04, 2014 | Tagged: Carnival, Fat Tuesday, Mardi Gras, Waffles

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