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Laissez les bon temps rouler! Let the good times roll!

We celebrated Mardi Gras at Beaverton Lodge on Tuesday, Feb. 13. We started off the day with French "Quarter" roast coffee and warm beignets dusted with powder sugar. In the afternoon, we enjoyed alligator bite appetizers and Louisiana fried shrimp for dinner while dazzled by the green, gold, and purple decorations, beads, and masks. For dessert, we savored the flavors of king cake, complete with a baby king figurine hidden inside. He who found the statuette was named "King of the Feast!"

At 7 p.m. we reveled in lively songs from the musical group Bodacious, who entertained us with true Cajun and Dixieland music.

Carnival celebrations begin after the Christian feasts of Epiphany and culminate before Ash Wednesday- Mardi Gras, French for Fat Tuesday, is the culminating celebration of feasting and pleasure on the last night before fasting of the Lenten season. The French Catholic tradition of Mardi Gras first appeared in Louisiana, in 1699, in what is now known as Palquemines Parish. The first documented Mardi Gras celebration in New Orleans began in 1837. Today, Mardi Gras is a highly-anticipated raucous celebration in New Orleans with parades featuring elaborate floats, parties, costumes, masks, jazz bands, king cakes, beads, and countless foods. The celebrations generate over 1 billion in spending in New Orleans, alone.

Rex, the king of Carnival, selected the Mardi Gras colors: purple to represent justice, green to represent faith and gold to represent power.

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12900 SW Ninth St.

Beaverton, OR 97005

503-646-0635

www.beavertonlodge.com

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