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by Richard Gorelick | February 12, 2013
Mardi Gras this year got caught between the Super Bowl and Valentine's Day. Folks are sated on New Orleans, and they're saving up for dinner with their baby. But if you are looking for a taste of the Big Easy, read Kit Pollard's story on Baltimore chefs with roots in New Orleans. The annual Mardi Gras North party is on Tuesday at Slainte Irish Pub and Restaurant , Kooper's Tavern and Woody's Rum Bar and Island Grill . Each establishment is featuring a menu of Cajun-inspired specials.
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By Carly Heideger, The Baltimore Sun | June 20, 2014
Maryland's largest theme park is about to take a new roller coaster for a spin. Six Flags America in Upper Marlboro on Saturday launches Ragin' Cajun, a ride that is billed as the first of its kind at the park. At just over 40 feet, the ride isn't the tallest but it offers riders a different kind of thrill. Its "uniquely designed train cars" spin 360 degrees, traveling in circles along 1,378 feet of track. “There's nothing quite like Ragin Cajun anywhere in the region. With its twists, turns, dips and spins, Ragin Cajun is going to be the best new ride of the summer," said Rick Howarth, park president.
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By Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | February 15, 2012
Valentine's Day is history, moving on to Mardi Gras. For some folks, Mardi Gras means a one-day celebration on Fat Tuesday itself; for others, that day is just the end of a revelry period that began on thethe Epiphany. And some folks call it Carnival. Paladar Latin Kitchen & Rum Bar in Annapolis, for instance, has been wading waist-deep since Jan. 30 in a celebration they're calling Carnaval. The restaurant has been featuring menu specials inspired by street food from South American, Central America and the Caribbean   - chorizo and black bean fritters, Cuban chicken croquettes, Brazilians-style chile-spiked fudge and jibarito short rib sliders, which use flattened fried green plantains stand in for bread.
TRAVEL
April 3, 2014
Six Flags America launches its 2014 season on Saturday, opening weekends in April and May and daily for spring break, April 12-21. The Maryland theme park has a new Mardi Gras section featuring New Orleans-themed rides, parades and other activities. French Quarter Flyers is a new flying ride that opens this spring. A rollercoaster - the Ragin' Cajun - is set to open in the new area on Memorial Day weekend. To celebrate the season opener and the new section, visitors will be feted Louisiana-style with a traditional jazz march, Mardi Gras beads, masks and a visit from Gator King, the park's newest character.
BUSINESS
February 11, 2013
Welcome to Mardi Gras week. Even on a Monday, Internet users have plenty to gawk at as New Orleans avoids allowing a celebration to get in the way of a shooting, the Pope resigns for the  first time since the Middle Ages, and Jack White brings down (maybe) the wrath of the FCC. Don't worry, though: A kind soul has drawn Calvin and Hobbes into real-life scenes, giving us an escape hatch into a fantasy world of talking tigers. A roundup of popular topics: || TRENDING ONLINE || Pope Benedict XVI , #Pope (Google Plus, Twitter)
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By Donna Ellis | February 13, 2012
The football season is over. So is Groundhog Day. And Valentine's Day, too. But if any excuse for a party will do, don't forget that Mardi Gras is Tuesday, Feb. 21. And while it may be a little late to book your trip to the Big Easy, you can at least get a taste of it at our local Copeland's of New Orleans. The eatery took up residence in Columbia about 11 years ago and still draws its share of fun-loving folks who enjoy contemporary versions of regional Creole/Cajun fare, as well as more American food, like burgers.
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February 6, 1997
Fells Point is the place to be on Tuesday evening starting at 5 p.m., when a Mardi Gras North celebration brings Fat Tuesday fun to local restaurants and bars. The party benefits the Grant-A-Wish Foundation and the Children's House at Johns Hopkins.Special prices on Pete's Mardi Gras Brew and the taste of Cajun specialties will entertain your tummy, while the band Creole Junction at the Cat's Eye and zydeco tunes at the Full Moon Saloon will entertain your ears. Look also for raffles, Mardi Gras beads and souvenir T-shirts for sale.
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By Mary Gail Hare, The Baltimore Sun | March 8, 2011
Scents of savory sausage, freshly cooked pancakes and hot coffee emanated from the church hall at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Rosedale for the annual Shrove Tuesday dinner. Many of the guests donned colorful beads and masks. Like diners at Christian congregations throughout the area, the crowd of about 200 at Prince of Peace dug into steamy stacks, smothered in maple syrup and melting butter — the typical Fat Tuesday meal and the last festive dinner before Lent begins. For many, the modest, calorie-laden supper means Mardi Gras more than any celebration with parades and parties.
SPORTS
February 1, 2013
Here's something you won't have to worry about in Baltimore. New Orleans drivers sat in gridlock Friday morning because the city's Mardi Gras floats had to be towed back across the Mississippi River after a local parade on the west bank. The floats, which are shared with the local communities and used for a number of different events, are stored at a giant warehouse called Mardi Gras World, which is adjacent to the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center that houses the massive Super Bowl Media Center.
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By CHICAGO TRIBUNE | January 22, 2006
Mardi Gras, New Orleans' big party, will go on, organizers say, with parades and festivities slated for Feb. 18 to 28. Among the hotels ready for guests is the Windsor Court, with $969 covering two nights for two in a suite, including breakfast and tax. The "Bed and Beads" package is valid Feb. 17 to 28. (800-262- 2662; www.windsorcourthotel. com.) Another way to whoop it up in the Big Easy is with the Feb. 26 to March 2 "Mardi Gras Mambo" aboard RiverBarge Excursion Lines' 198-passenger vessel.
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Editorial from The Record | February 20, 2013
The only questions six years ago when the tradition started in Havre de Grace were why had no one thought of it before, and why did so few people show up for the first one. This year, the event drew a reasonably healthy crowd that was very well-behaved, considering the nature of the festivities, being a traditional last hurrah before the fasting season of Lent. The event, of course, is the Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras Parade that came to full blossom last week on Bourbon Street in Havre de Grace.
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by Richard Gorelick | February 12, 2013
Mardi Gras this year got caught between the Super Bowl and Valentine's Day. Folks are sated on New Orleans, and they're saving up for dinner with their baby. But if you are looking for a taste of the Big Easy, read Kit Pollard's story on Baltimore chefs with roots in New Orleans. The annual Mardi Gras North party is on Tuesday at Slainte Irish Pub and Restaurant , Kooper's Tavern and Woody's Rum Bar and Island Grill . Each establishment is featuring a menu of Cajun-inspired specials.
BUSINESS
February 11, 2013
Welcome to Mardi Gras week. Even on a Monday, Internet users have plenty to gawk at as New Orleans avoids allowing a celebration to get in the way of a shooting, the Pope resigns for the  first time since the Middle Ages, and Jack White brings down (maybe) the wrath of the FCC. Don't worry, though: A kind soul has drawn Calvin and Hobbes into real-life scenes, giving us an escape hatch into a fantasy world of talking tigers. A roundup of popular topics: || TRENDING ONLINE || Pope Benedict XVI , #Pope (Google Plus, Twitter)
SPORTS
Kevin Cowherd | February 5, 2013
This was a city pouring out its heart to its football team, a city with a perennial chip on its shoulder telling the world how proud it was of what the Ravens accomplished in one of the greatest playoff runs in NFL history. This was the biggest and loudest and most boisterous victory parade you've ever seen, a two-hour party through downtown Baltimore. It ended the way they'd script it in Hollywood, with the great Ray Lewis holding up the silver Vince Lombardi Trophy in front of a packed house at M&T Bank Stadium, doing that crazy "Squirrel" dance one last time and ending his glorious "last ride" after 17 seasons in a Ravens uniform.
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February 1, 2013
Here's something you won't have to worry about in Baltimore. New Orleans drivers sat in gridlock Friday morning because the city's Mardi Gras floats had to be towed back across the Mississippi River after a local parade on the west bank. The floats, which are shared with the local communities and used for a number of different events, are stored at a giant warehouse called Mardi Gras World, which is adjacent to the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center that houses the massive Super Bowl Media Center.
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By Jean Marbella, The Baltimore Sun | January 31, 2013
— In a city where even funerals turn into parties, New Orleans rarely lacks for an excuse to strike up the band, boil up some crayfish and swirl together a daiquiri. But with the Super Bowl and Mardi Gras landing this month, New Orleans never has had such a party-intensive couple of weeks, as fans of the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers, athletes, corporate executives and Hollywood celebrities arrive to heed the city motto: Let the good times roll. Ravens fan Sheri Fuller arrived Wednesday, and after checking into her hotel, headed straight to Harrah's Casino, ready to start a fun-filled march to Sunday's game.
SPORTS
January 29, 2013
Super Bowl Media Day used to be an almost total theatre of the absurd, with goofy broadcast reporters from every corner of the football world trying to get attention by doing something outrageous. Not this year. There were a few clowns - including one actual clown who apparently got lost on the way to Mardi Gras - but the back-to-back media sessions featuring the 49ers and Ravens on Tuesday were relatively tame compared to, say, the year a pretty reporter from Mexico's TV Azteca showed up in a wedding dress and proposed to Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.
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By Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | February 15, 2012
Valentine's Day is history, moving on to Mardi Gras. For some folks, Mardi Gras means a one-day celebration on Fat Tuesday itself; for others, that day is just the end of a revelry period that began on thethe Epiphany. And some folks call it Carnival. Paladar Latin Kitchen & Rum Bar in Annapolis, for instance, has been wading waist-deep since Jan. 30 in a celebration they're calling Carnaval. The restaurant has been featuring menu specials inspired by street food from South American, Central America and the Caribbean   - chorizo and black bean fritters, Cuban chicken croquettes, Brazilians-style chile-spiked fudge and jibarito short rib sliders, which use flattened fried green plantains stand in for bread.
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