“Ce n’est pas Mardi Gras aujourd’hui” (It’s not Mardi Gras today)
Some folks have just celebrated Mardi Gras, which got me thinking about this saying.
This French expression is used to make fun of a person who is wearing something outrageous or crazy. It came about because the Mardi Gras period is famous for crazy costumes and masks—the more elaborate and flamboyant the better. But, on any other day of the year, wearing this type of outfit is not so acceptable and is likely to be mocked.
To see my much earlier article on Mardi Gras and Carnival go to http://www.justsaygo.com/fiesta/carnival.htm
And a more recent one on Mardi Gras in St Louis at http://web.mac.com/vmackie/HolidaysandFestivals/_St_Louis_Mardi_Gras.html