The literal meaning of mardi gras is often lost on English speakers. However, having a blow out before beginning a fast is a concept most of us can get our heads round.
Today marks the end of Nice’s mardi gras – ahead of the start of Catholic tradition of lent tomorrow. For the past two and a half weeks, the city has been holding one of the world’s largest mardi gras carnivals.
Each year, there’s the main parade which also includes live music and street theatre. A flower parade also passes along the famous Promenade des Anglais and there’s a night parade too.
The theme of this year’s event has been ‘king of gastronomy’.
History books say the carnival has been taking place in the city since at least 1294. A mardi gras of the sort we would recognise today has been organised annually for over 130 years now.
Forty days of fasting lay ahead for the people of Nice – and for anyone else who has a mind to mark ‘fat Tuesday’. Me, I think I’ll stick to the 5:2 diet.