Today is a Day for Celebrations February 9, 2016

Let’s celebrate!   Everyone loves a celebration, and today we have two reasons to celebrate.   First, today is Mardi Gras, the last day of feasting before Ash Wednesday, which is tomorrow.   New Orleans and Rio de Janeiro will be hosting crazy parties.

Here, in Colorado, we will be celebrating the victory of our Denver Broncos in Super Bowl 50.   Last Sunday, the Broncos defeated a very good team, the Carolina Panthers, in California.   We recognize the talent and hard work of the Carolina Panthers.    Today in Denver, the celebrating will continue.   The welcome home, victory parade begins at noon.   We hope you will be there cheering our Broncos.

WOW! Broncos

WOW! Broncos

Happy Mardi Gras 2015

Today is Mardi Gras.  We, the Colorado Traveling Ducks and our humans, wish you a very pleasant day.   According to Wikipedia, Mardi Gras meaning Fat Tuesday in English, refers to events of the Carnival celebrations, beginning on or after the Epiphany or King’s Day and culminating on the day before Ash Wednesday.  Mardi Gras is French for “Fat Tuesday”, reflecting the practice of the last night of eating richer, fatty foods before the ritual fasting of the Lenten season.

Popular practices on Mardi Gras include wearing masks and costumes, overturning social conventions, dancing, sports competitions, parades, debauchery, etc.   Similar expressions to Mardi Gras appear in other European languages sharing the Christian tradition, as it is associated with the religious requirement for confession before Lent begins.  In many areas, the term “Mardi Gras” has come to mean the whole period of activity related to the celebratory events, beyond just the single day.