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   Undertoad  Friday Feb 11 12:23 PM

2/11/2005: Dog-tired Mardi Gras celebrant



Happy Friday. Elspode sends along this guy, who is exhausted by Mardi Gras, and who wouldn't be?

He's actually exhausted because he's part of a parade - he's at the end of the "Krewe of Mutts" pre-Mardi Gras parade. It takes place a few days before actual Mardi Gras. It looks like this might become a tradition, as the biggest parade of dogs anywhere is in St. Louis, where the same "Krewe" parade brought out 6000 parading dogs this year. No info on why it's spelled "Krewe".

I'm in favor. Let's make it a pack. Do you get more beads if you show 8 teats?



404Error  Friday Feb 11 03:33 PM

Quote:
No info on why it's spelled "Krewe".

I looked up "krewe" on dictionary.com and this footnote was added to the definition.

Quote:
Regional Note: In order to organize and stage the enormous Mardi Gras carnival every year, many New Orleans families have belonged for generations to krewes, groups that create elaborate costumes and floats for the many Mardi Gras parades in the two weeks leading up to “Fat Tuesday.” Not only do the krewes participate in the parades, but, as leaders of New Orleans society, they also hold balls and other elaborate events during the carnival season, which lasts from Christmas up to Mardi Gras itself. The krewes are responsible for electing Rex, the annual king of the carnival, whose parade is the climax of Mardi Gras. While masked paraders had long been a part of Mardi Gras, the first carnival group organized as such was the Mystick Krewe of Comus in 1857. Krewe is only an imitation of an old-fashioned spelling of crew in its standard meaning, but the word, thanks to its association with Mardi Gras and New Orleans high society, has taken on some of the mystique of the carnival.



be-bop  Friday Feb 11 07:38 PM

Dog-Tired-Dog

This is Archie,another tired Dog.

We got him just before Christmas..



capnhowdy  Friday Feb 11 07:42 PM

I love the bulldog.

"Fat Tuesday" can fall on any Tuesday between 2/3 & 3/9, & I think it is always the day before Ash Wednesday. Leave it to us Catholics..... when it comes to a party; we're very flexible.
Immediately after midnite on Fat Tuesday, everyone is forced to leave the street.
I think it is kinda like the last gasp at partytown before we try not to party as much hereafter.........I may have skipped that day at Saint John's.



capnhowdy  Friday Feb 11 07:46 PM

[quote] "This is Archie,another tired Dog." [quote] bebop

Does he let Meathead sit in his chair?



xoxoxoBruce  Friday Feb 11 09:46 PM

Excellent, UT.



Karenv  Sunday Feb 13 09:07 PM

btw, does anyone know which days between Mardi Gras and Easter AREN"T counted in Lent? I know Sundays are off, but there are still more than 40 days.



wolf  Sunday Feb 13 10:01 PM

There's a get out of jail free card issued for Saint Patrick's Day (so you can drink and eat pork and cabbage, even if it's a Friday) ... but I don't know of any others.



busterb  Sunday Feb 13 10:40 PM

When I lived among the coonasses, I had a few friends who gave up beer for lent. Talk about some wine drinkers! BOY



Troubleshooter  Monday Feb 14 08:31 AM

It's amazing what good Xtians can do with a pagan holiday isn't it?



capnhowdy  Monday Feb 14 06:50 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Troubleshooter
It's amazing what good Xtians can do with a pagan holiday isn't it?

This holiday, ( I thought ) is a Catholic holiday, origionally.
The Catholics are pagan? Come on, now........................


capnhowdy  Monday Feb 14 06:52 PM

I may buy " amazing what pagans can do with a Xtian holiday"



wolf  Tuesday Feb 15 01:55 AM

First off, I do want to say that I consider it demeaning to shorten "Christian" to "Xtian." It's just a thing that I have.

Capn, most of the "traditions" that we associate with the Christian Holidays are remnants of older practices of the traditional religions and folk magic practices of the peoples that were converted to Christianity by the early church ... the Christmas Tree, the Yule Log, red and green as colors at Christmas ... all relate to pagan practices. Jesus, as near as anyone has been able to figure out, was probably born in the Spring. Yule is the festival of the Birth of the Sun ... the shortest day of the year, after which the days begin to lengthen. Ditto for the big spring festival ... Easter, celebrating the resurrection of Jesus, has it's basis in Ostara, a pagan festival honoring the reawakening of the Goddess Ostara or Oestre ... which is pronounced "eester." The Catholic Church schedules Easter by setting it on the first Sunday following the First Full Moon following the Spring Equinox (which is the date of the festival of Ostara).



Undertoad  Tuesday Feb 15 08:26 AM

Xtian Xtian Xtian

They have little consideration for my beliefs so I demean them at will.



Elspode  Tuesday Feb 15 10:57 AM

FWIW, the Catholic Church is, IMHO, as Pagan as a Christian sect gets. They have a strong goddess fixation, their rituals are centered around symbolic cannibalism and often presented in a language not grasped by most.

From what I've been able to determine, most of my Pagan friends were Catholics when they were kids. Certainly not all, but by far a larger percentage than any other single sect.

When Catholicism swept over Europe, it wasn't just the Pagan peoples that were changed. The Church was also changed. It is inevitable when two cultures mix that each imparts something to the other.



axlrosen  Tuesday Feb 15 11:49 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by wolf
There's a get out of jail free card issued for Saint Patrick's Day (so you can drink and eat pork and cabbage, even if it's a Friday)
(1) The "get out of jail free card" is not universal, it depends on if your local bishop grants a dispensation: http://www.beliefnet.com/story/14/story_1468_1.html
(2) Even if you get a dispensation, it's still part of Lent, I assume.
(3) Uh... do you mean beef?


mrnoodle  Tuesday Feb 15 02:52 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Undertoad
Xtian Xtian Xtian

They have little consideration for my beliefs so I demean them at will.
Hey, we're the only group you can still publicly defame and not have the ACLU all up your butt. In a way, it's refreshing, even if I am the target.

Anyway, the dog had an LSU sweater on, so he's probably a bible-thumper as well. So is there any objection from animal rights people to using animals in a parade? I kinda feel bad for that dog, all kidding aside.


Happy Monkey  Tuesday Feb 15 06:20 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by mrnoodle
Hey, we're the only group you can still publicly defame and not have the ACLU all up your butt.
The ACLU protects your right to defame anyone at all.


Troubleshooter  Tuesday Feb 15 06:29 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Happy Monkey
The ACLU protects your right to defame anyone at all.
...or to be up anyone's butt for that matter.


wolf  Tuesday Feb 15 11:05 PM

my conference roommate who is about as irish catholic as you can get advises me that it's corned beef and cabbage. my bad. I can't stand the stuff.

And I am a recovering cathaholic.

And Irish by heritage. On my mom's side.

Kraut on Dad's.



dar512  Wednesday Feb 16 10:10 AM

Interesting. I'm a practising Catholic ('cause I never get very good at it). My Mom is German extraction and my Dad is Irish.



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