Mardi Gras

Hi everyone it’s me Turbo! Well this time of the year is Mardi Gras here on the gulf coast or for us furbabies Mardi Paws. I am so excited about the parties, balls and parades my krewe and I are busy getting our costumes ready and sewing up the de-tails.

I asked my mom all about Mardi Gras and she said Mardi Gras refers to Fat Tuesday, the final day of revelry before Ash Wednesday, when Lent begins. The date changes every year because it’s connected to Easter, which can fall on any Sunday between March 23 and April 25. Mardi Gras is scheduled to be 47 days before Easter. All I know is that I have to get my pawtying in before lent because mom says we have to give something up for lent. Let me tell you I have a bone to pick with her, I offered to give up picking up my toys and she said no. The first Mardi Gras parade was held in New Orleans on February 24, 1857 by the Krewe of Comus. They began the tradition of presenting a parade with floats and following it with a ball or furball in my case, for the krewe and their guests.  Rex, the King of Carnival, selected the Mardi Gras colors and assigned meaning to them in 1892.  Purple stands for justice, green for faith, and gold for power. By law float riders must always have a mask on. On Fat Tuesday, masking is legal for everyone else, and the elaborate masks that some wear add to the fun. Don’t they know curiosity killed the cat. The tradition of float riders throwing trinkets to the crowds began in the 1870′s, and still continues today. Typical throws include beads, cups, doubloons, and stuffed animals. Oooo the pawsabilities.

I thought it would be fun to decorate a room in purple, green and gold to help celebrate the Mardi Gras season and brighten things up for spring. My couisin Snickers, he’s a wiener dog, suggested a cool fleece bed in purple and green.

I decided that the walls should be done in a nice gold color so I started peeing on them.   Boy was that a bad move… mom is hopping mad.

My sisters, Keiko and Taji thought some contemporary green covered cat bowls with ceramic cats on top would add to the festive feel.

My brother Timba thought a goldfish cat tunnel would be a fantastic addition to the room.

Well I am off to join the pet set for Mardi Paws……

Until next time remember the best things in life are furry.

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