Mardi Gras, also called Shrove Tuesday or Fat Tuesday in English, refers to events of the Carnival celebrations, beginning on or after the Christian feasts of the Three King's Day and ends on the day before Ash Wednesday.
Galveston Mardi Gras is the biggest in the state of Texas. Masks, banners and beads of purple (justice), green (faith) and gold (power) that are symbols of celebrations are visible in restaurants and business establishments.
Several public parades and balcony parties are planned for this weekend. A cheerful cashier at the supermarket recommended that we get there early and leave during the daylight hours before the party goers "get out of control." She further added that last year her boyfriend got so drunk that he couldn't recall where he parked his truck. He also lost his phone. Not to worry, J.J. and I usually are settled for the night by no later than 4:00 pm.
Mardi Gras dishes such as muffuletta, King cake, beignets and gumbo are being advertised.
For lunch, J.J. and I returned to Shrimp 'N Stuff, one of our favorite seafood places in downtown for a medley of ala carte plates including shrimp gumbo.
For dinner I am having a healthy vegetarian selection while J.J. is enjoying roast chicken from a local deli.
Aloha -- Cathi