Arthur Hardy's Mardi Gras Moments: Boeuf Gras

Arthur Hardy's Mardi Gras Moments: Boeuf Gras
Ever wonder why the elegant Rex parade each year includes a float with a giant cow on the top? Well, it’s actually a bull—the Boeuf Gras or fatted bull, and it’s an ancient symbol of Carnival in France, where a live bull was paraded through the streets on Fat Tuesday.
Surrounded by masked butchers and bakers, it represents the last meat eaten before the fasting of Lent. 

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Until 1909 Rex featured a live bull, then took a fifty-year break before reintroduced the Boeuf Gras in papier mache form. Look for him this year on float number three.

Copyright 2015 WVUE. All rights reserved.