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Special to the Daily/ Red, White and Blue Fire Department women capt. Kim Scott, firefighter Kristy Warren and engineer/paramedic Jen Nay
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Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column preparing for Fat Tuesday.For those who think Fat Tuesday, translated to Mardi Gras in French, is only about beads and topless babes, allow us to shed a little light on just why we stand outside, drinking, listening to brass bands and cheering like maniacs as colorful floats pass by.We must admit, we were pathetically informed on the revelry ourselves, so we did a little research so that when we flash the crowd tomorrow in exchange for a purple, green or gold string of beads, we know why we’re doing it.

Mardi Gras is always the day before Ash Wednesday (the first day of Lent), and it all depends on Easter as to when it will fall. We’ve heard it can be anywhere between Feb. 9 and March 3. Seems the Roman Catholics like to party up a storm before Lent kicks off the road to Easter, hence Mardi Gras and all the mayhem that comes with it.Mardi Gras is the last day of the party season so we think that’s why people really go all out for it. Now, we all know that New Orleans is considered the capitol of Mardi Gras in the United States, and we all know what a tough year the city has had. We’re happy to report that Hurricane Katrina has not stopped the plans for the Mardi Gras celebrations in the French Quarter. The famous floats will still cruise through town with a parade-load of celebrities onboard, including Hollywood heartthrob Josh Hartnett, Jim Belushi and Blues Brother Dan Akroyd.

Britney Spears is even rumored to be coming out of “mom mode” to perform a show this year.Seems there is no better way to recover than to have some downright, good old-fashioned fun.***Our field agent Valerie in Atlanta sent us this note:

“I haven’t lost my faith in karma. I see that it’s still at work … regarding the snowboarder arrested in Kremmling. Thanks for my ‘welcome note’ in Summit Up on Feb. 4. After sitting in traffic on Interstate 70 for an hour that day due to a wreck near Silverthorne, reading Summit Up that afternoon erased all of my frustration. No one should be frustrated on their first day of vacation. I’m ‘unplugged’ when I come to Colorado except for reading SDN, so that’s why you don’t see any e-mails from me while I’m there. Only 10 more days till my next visit. See you on the 5th.”Thanks for reading Valerie. We’re crossing our fingers that there aren’t any traffic jams or missing snowboarders who turn out to be hanging out in Kremmling while you’re here.***We’re out buying beads. What are you doing? Drop us a line at summitup@summitdaily.com, or leave us a message at (970) 668-3998, ext. 13600.


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