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Fat Tuesday

Mike Perini / Michigan Radio

As people across the nation celebrate Mardi Gras on Tuesday, many a Michigander will celebrate what some folks endearingly call Pączki (poonch-KEY) Day by eating a mega-calorie packing deep-fried Polish doughnut . Over the past few decades, Michigan lost more residents than any other state. That means thousands of our kind relocated to a metro-area which may be lacking a Polish-American population, and therefore, lacking places to purchase a precious Pączki. In order to ensure our displaced...

Mike Perini / Michigan Radio

Our afternoon host Mike Perini sent along these Paczki photos in honor of Fat Tuesday. He took them at Zingermans Bakery and at Copernicus European Delicatessen in Ann Arbor. Mike says feel free to enjoy these zero calorie photos! Tomorrow, some lent recipes to counter those Fat Tuesday calories.

Mardi Gras LIVE!

Mar 8, 2011
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Its Fat Tuesday, and while many of us are toiling away at work, others are gearing up to act a fool in New Orleans. The New Orleans Times-Picayune has a collection of live webcams on nola.com . On parade cam well be able to catch the Rex Parade starting at 10 a.m. The Rex Parade is one of many parades taking place today. Heres a description of the parade from their website: The Rex Procession has been the highlight of Mardi Gras day since the Rex Organization was formed and first paraded in 1872. While there had been celebrations in many forms on Mardi Gras before that time, the Rex Parade gave a brilliant daytime focus to the festivities, and provided a perfect opportunity for Rex, King of Carnival, to greet his city and his subjects. The theme for this years Rex Parade is This Sceptred Isle. It kicks off at 10 a.m. (it looks a little wet there today): The Rex Parade will be followed by the parade by the Elks Krewe of Orleanians, and then the Crescent City parade. Enjoy! By the way, have you ever been to New Orleans for Mardi Gras? If you can keep it clean, share your experiences with us below!

City of Hamtramck website

This Tuesday is Fat Tuesday, the last day before the 40 days of sacrifice that come with the Christian season of Lent. But in Metro Detroit and other communities with large Polish populations, the day is better known as Paczki Day. Sandy Bakic has spent her whole life making the fried, doughy pastries at the Martha Washington Bakery in Hamtramck . That small enclave is the historic center of Detroits Polish community. Bakic says the day has become a festival for everyone in Hamtramck, regardless of race or religion. Its going to be festive. Its gonna be a happy time. Theres paczki parties all over town. Theres paczki eating contests still going on. The Paczki Cup is in our window on display right now. Bakic says she and other employees have been making the sweet treats since midnight Monday. The bakery will stay open all night to serve paczki-seekers from all over southeast Michigan. Hamtramck also celebrates with a Paczki Day parade, lots of free entertainment, and a generally party-like atmosphere.