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PHOTO GALLERY: Jazz hosts Mardi Gras celebration

Tuesday, February 21, 2012 | 9:49 p.m. CST

Columbia residents celebrated Mardi Gras at Jazz, a Louisiana kitchen restaurant, at 217 N. Stadium Boulevard. Norm Jolly performed live music and restaurant staff passed out Mardi Gras beads. 

Mardi Gras, french for "fat Tuesday," is a celebration on the last night before the beginning of the 40-day Lenten season, a period of fasting before Easter.

In New Orleans and many Roman Catholic countries, the Tuesday celebration is preceded by a week or more of parades and parties. Purple, green and gold are the traditional colors of the holiday.

 

Norm Jolly performs for the patrons of Jazz, a Louisiana kitchen restaurant, in Columbia on Tuesday. Jazz has a Mardi Gras celebration every year.
Alyssa Nielson purchases a dollar jello shot from Heather Manhardt at Jazz, a Louisiana kitchen restaurant, in Columbia on Tuesday. Nielson was at the restaurant to celebrate Mardi Gras and watch the Missouri basketball game.
Tia Greer wears shrimp Mardi Gras beads as she works Tuesday at Jazz, a Louisiana Kitchen Restaurant, in Columbia.

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