Mardi Gras Informative Speech

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The tradition we chose was Mardi Gras.

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So What is Mardi Gras?
Mardi Gras is a tradition that goes back thousands of years to Ancient Roman Festivals. Mardi Gras is known for its giant celebrations where everyone parties and eats whatever they want before Lent starts.

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Mardi Gras originated from Rome, going back thousands of years to Pagan Celebrations including Roman Festivals of Spring and Fertility, also known as Saturnalia and Lupercalia. Historians say that the first Mardi Gras was celebrated in 1162. It is said that on March 3, 1699 French Explorers landed in what is today Louisiana. There was a celebration and nicknamed the spot “Point du Mardi Gras.” You may have heard of Mardi Gras as Fat Tuesday or
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Mardi Gras is not only celebrated in Italy, it is celebrated all over. From the United States to Europe, to even South America. Mardi Gras is one of the most celebrated traditions in the world, with millions participating in it each year. You may have heard of Carneval, another celebration leading up to Mardi Gras. Although people interchange the two traditions, they are very different. Carneval is thought of as a season, starting January 6, marking Twelfth Night, The Epiphany, and the beginning of the Season.

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As we said, Mardi Gras is celebrated all over. But each place in the world adds its own twist to their celebrations, which adds to the magic of Mardi Gras. For example, in Barranquilla, Colombia they have a three day celebration that ties in their traditional dances, costumes, and foods. They take Mardi Gras very seriously, they made a slogan for it, “Who live it, is who enjoys it.” In Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, they have famous celebrations filled with loud music, lots of color, traditional food with parades that go all through Rio with Samba Dancers and other acts for entertainment. In New Orleans, USA everyone goes all out with their costumes, parade floats, and of course food and drinks. Aniseed liqueur is widely consumed during the celebrations on the world famous Bourbon Street. They also serve King Cake,
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Mardi Gras is technically only one day, but the celebrations leading up to it go on for a while before. As I said, Carneval, a part of Mardi Gras represents the start of the season. January 5th is the "End of Christmas" since the Middle Ages, also known as the Twelfth Night. The Twelfth Night also marks the Feast of Epiphany, when the Three Wise Men arrived to Bethlehem to behold the Christ child.

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Mardi Gras improves lives because it makes people happy.
Mardi Gras is a time for people to come together and celebrate a holiday. It 's a day where people can learn about the history of Mardi Gras by going to the parades and contributing to the yearly festivals. Mardi Gras brings whole communities together, for weeks of fun and happiness.

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Mardi Gras is a treasure for many reasons. Mardi Gras is one of the most celebrated traditions in the world. It holds a very big name in the Christian World with the end of Christmas, and the new start of the year. The birth of Christ is a major event, that everyone learns of in their life. Mardi Gras also attracts millions of people each year to the festivals held all over the world, and the Mardi Gras season is one of the most celebrated traditions in the world. Slide 12:
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