Mardi Gras or “Fat Tuesday,” began as a medieval European tradition in response to the
strict fasting that Lent would soon bring. The history of Mardi Gras dates back to the 17th
and 18th centuries in Venice and Rome. It soon made its way to the French House of
Bourbons, where the French celebrated “Boeuf Gras,” or the fatted calf. French explorers
colonized parts of America, bringing their traditions with them.
One French-Canadian explorer, Jean Baptiste Le Moyne Sieur de Bienville, established
Pointe du Mardi Gras just 60 miles south of New Orleans in 1699, specifically March 2,
which happened to be the evening before the festive holiday in Europe, hence the name.
Bienville was a busy man. Nineteen years later, in 1718, he established New Orleans!
The annual celebration found its home, eventually established official colors: purple,
green and gold signifying justice, power and faith, respectively, and became a legal
holiday in Louisiana. (How lucky are they!) In 1856, the first krewe, private club, was
formed and in celebration of Mardi Gras, the anonymous members created dazzling floats
(tableaux cars) and put on masked balls; today, most Mardi Gras krewes remain private
social clubs funded by their own members; this is why New Orleanians call it the
“Greatest Free Show on Earth!” The party ends abruptly at midnight on Tuesday before
Ash Wednesday, signified by street sweepers clearing the streets of people and cleaning
the streets of debris. This year, Mardi Gras ends February 17th.
Lucky for you, you don’t have to go to New Orleans to celebrate Mardi Gras! Reserve
your space at least 24 hours prior then come over to Fuddruckers on Fat Tuesday,
February 17, 2015 and join the Krewe of Fudds 3-Pound Burger Challenge for only
$19.99. And, yes, you could win free stuff! Finish your 3 lb. burger and 1 lb. of fries in
one hour and you will receive: 2 free meals toward future visits, 1 free t-shirt stating your
victory, and most importantly, the undeniable respect from friends, family and krewe