Wednesday is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent. In preparation for the 40 days – not counting Sundays – that lead up to Easter, many Christians first celebrate Shrove Tuesday, aka Fat Tuesday, with pancakes. They often fast or abstain from such rich foods during Lent.
King Colin Gordy and his queen Abby Kight listen as Katie Presnell sings during the Shrove Tuesday pancake supper and talent show at St. John United Methodist Church. Gordy was crowned king after finding the baby figurine in the traditional Mardi Gras king cake. The oval pastry traditionally heralded the arrival of Carnival season on 12th Night, the day the Catholic faith says the wise men arrived with gifts for the baby Jesus.