It’s Mardi Gras/Fat Tuesday/Paczki Day!

Fat Tuesday, Mardi Gras, Alfred Gockel, Park West Gallery

TITLE: “Mardi Gras”

ARTIST: Alfred Gockel

DATE: 2005

WHY WE CHOSE IT: Southerners may be feasting on sugary king cakes, but in the metro Detroit area, today is celebrated as Paczki Day, a time to enjoy delicious cream and jelly-filled donuts. These sweet, lard-filled treats are the traditional fare of Mardi Gras (French for “Fat Tuesday”), the last chance for Catholics to indulge before fasting for Lent, which begins on Ash Wednesday.

SOURCE: Park West Gallery Collection

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