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Today in Nerd History | February 27

Nerd culture is a vibrant tapestry of events, releases, and milestones that have shaped the entertainment landscape. From iconic movies to groundbreaking games and significant literary contributions, this article takes a trip down memory lane to explore the notable nerd culture events that occurred on February 27th in history. Let’s celebrate these cherished moments that have left an indelible mark on the hearts of fans around the world.

FIRST MARDI GRAS PARADE IN NEW ORLEANS | 1857

In 1857, the very first New Orleans Mardi Gras Parade took place. The first Mardi Gras celebration in New Orleans was organized by the Mistick Krewe of Comus featuring floats and costumes inspired by Milton’s Paradise Lost. Mardi Gras is also known as Carnival, which comes from the Latin word for “farewell to meat,” as Mardi Gras is the last day before the beginning of Lent.

 

Nerdy Facts:

  • Mardi Gras means “Fat Tuesday” in French, which overtime has become a day of celebration in preparation for Lent – one last day to party and feast before Ash Wednesday and the Lenten season. Lent, of course, is the 40 days prior to Easter where many Christians choose to fast or give up certain indulgences as a form of self-discipline and penance in order to draw closer to God through prayer, repentance, and self-examination. This may include abstaining from certain foods, activities, or habits.
  • A staple of Mardi Gras parties is the King cake. King cakes are round pastries with a hidden plastic baby inside. The person who finds the baby is said to have good luck and must host the next party or buy the next cake. The cake, as well as all decorations for Mardi Gras are colored purple, green, and gold, which represent justice, faith, and power respectively.
  • While Mardi Gras was widely seen as a one last indulgence in certain foods and activities, it has developed the reputation in recent times to being one last chance to indulge in “sin,” which goes against the idea of Lent. Unfortunately, this has tainted the idea of Mardi Gras, making it more well known for alcohol consumption and sexual depravity. However, there are certainly many ways to celebrate Mardi Gras that is not detrimental to your faith.

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