DeSoto Krewes Prepare for Mardi Gras Season Celebrations

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With the Epiphany on January 6, or “Twelve Days of Christmas”, climaxing the Advent/Christmas Season, DeSoto Parish residents are ready to join Louisianans statewide for the Carnival season, ending with Mardi Gras, which is French for Fat Tuesday. The Christian holiday is full of celebration in preparation for the upcoming Lenten season, which begins on Ash Wednesday. Lenten is a time of fasting and religious obligations, with many indulging in richer, fatty foods before the fasting, or giving up of a favorite item, for Lenten sacrifice.

Wearing masks and costumes, plus having parades and parties, are images that all come to mind when the word “Mardi Gras” is heard. While Logansport has held Krewe of Aquarius Mardi Gras parades and parties since 2002, Mansfield began participating in the fun season in 2015.

When Logansport formed their Krewe seventeen years ago, the committee wanted to choose a name related to water due to Toledo Bend. Aquarius is the second symbol of the zodiac, and is signified by the water bearer, thus the name. Royalty members from past years have been chosen from community leaders and residents that have done things for the betterment of Logansport, from many years ago to the present.


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