Why do we celebrate Mardi Gras?

Carly Laing sat down with associate professor of religious studies and history at LSU Michael Pasquier to talk about the early history of Mardi Gras. The holiday is tied to the Catholic season of Lent which originated in Europe.

Later in the morning, Pasquier discussed the modernization of Mardi Gras that occurred after World War II and his thoughts on the lighthearted dispute between Mobile and New Orleans over Mardi Gras. 


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