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Mardi Gras

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The last day or the Lent carnival in France, when the prize ox is paraded through the principal streets of Paris, crowned with a fillet, and accompanied with mock priests and a band of tin instruments in imitation of a Roman sacrificial procession.

“Tous les ans on vient de la ville

Les marchands dans nos cantons,

Pour les mener aux Tuileries,

Au Mardi-Gras, devant le roi.

Et puit les vendre aux boucheries,

Jʹaime Jeanne ma femme, eh, ha! jʹaimera is mieux

La voir mourir que voir mourir mes bœufs.”


Pierre Dupont: Les Bœufs.

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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