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It’s a pretty good bet that when you say “the holiday season,” most people think of the period between Thanksgiving (or even Halloween) and New Year’s. But we’re smack dab in the middle of another season that includes its own set of festive occasions. With springtime comes these causes for celebration—Mardi Gras, St. Patrick’s Day and Easter.

It seems an ever-growing number of nonprofit organizations have started hosting Mardi Gras-themed events. And why not? According to historians, Mardi Gras dates back thousands of years to celebrations of spring and the birth of new life. In modern times, the colorful purple, gold and green parties are known for lively music, flavorful foods and all-round spirited camaraderie. That combination is sure to be a crowd pleaser and in Memphis, thousands of people turned out to support a variety of causes while they “let the good times roll.”

The “wearing of the green” brought out more revelers in our fair city, as St. Patrick’s Day parades wound their way down Beale Street and through the Cooper-Young area. While we may not turn our river green like the folks in Chicago, we did light up our Big River Crossing with an incredible emerald green glow, the reflection of which made it seem like The Big Muddy was showing shades of shamrocks. If you missed this sight, you can still catch a glimpse of it on our Facebook page (RSVP Memphis Magazine).    Unlike most holidays, Easter doesn’t fall on a set date every year. No, the way to determine the date for Easter is a bit trickier. The holiday is celebrated on the first Sunday following the full moon after the vernal equinox on March 21 (meaning it can range anywhere between March 22 and April 25). This year Easter will be celebrated on April 16. And, whether your celebration includes sunrise services, egg hunts, baskets of goodies or other traditions, we hope you will join us as we hop into Spring.


Emily Adams Keplinger