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  • Renée C. Byer /

    Lily Ross, 8, of Sacramento is framed by musicians in the Element Brass Band as she dressed in costume to celebrate Fat Tuesday.

  • Renée C. Byer /

    Parade goers dance to music of the Element Brass Band as they marched in Midtown to celebrate Fat Tuesday after departing from Mulvaney's B&L on Tuesday.

A Fat Tuesday fling

Published: Tuesday, Mar. 4, 2014 - 11:00 pm
Last Modified: Tuesday, Mar. 4, 2014 - 11:10 pm

It was Carnival season as Lent approached, and that means Mardi Gras had arrived. Translated from the French, it was Fat Tuesday in the capital ahead of today’s Ash Wednesday.

Traditionally, Fat Tuesday is a time to cut loose before Christianity’s 40-day period of self-denial, penitence and fasting of Lent, which precedes Easter.

In the capital’s celebration, Lily Ross, 8, above, of Sacramento is framed by the Element Brass Band as she enjoys the costumed revelry in front of Mulvaney’s B&L.

For many Americans, Mardi Gras is synonymous with the grand party held each year in New Orleans. Residents of that city have been been engaging in pre-Lenten celebrations since French explorers brought the tradition during the 1700s.

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