Mardi Gras is a familiar concept to you au sio? Well around the world the term refers to the celebrations that happen that culminate on Ash Wednesday. This is the day that starts the period of Lent which leads to Easter fourty days later.
In other markets people are currently doing their fourty days of preparing the annual rekilling of that Jesus Christ. Don’t worry, he will be rising up from the dead again after three days a major narrative of the Christian faith.
If you aren’t Christian don’t try and get it; I’ve been doing Catholic thing for years and I still have issues with it. For instance, this Ash Wednesday I announced on my Facebook what I would be giving up for Lent; Tusker Lager. While some supported my declaration, there were a lot of voices casting aspersions about my ability to stay away from that brew for 40 days. Those in the latter turned out to be right as I was off the wagon four days later at the Safaricom Jazz Festival. Ah well.
For those of you who want to join us in tearing up the Christian religious calendar boy do I have a gig for you. Mardi Gras in Nairobi at the Tree House from March 7th. Its promises to be an epic splash of colour, music, food and art wity two stages jamming tunes from some of Kenya’s most notorious and wild DJs and bands.
And there will be floats too. Imagine that. It might not be Brazil or even Seychelles but its a good start as art collectives and organisations such as PAWA254, AFRA and Up Magazine try their hand at float building. So you want in? Well Tree House at 7th March is where it starts. You might just see Boniface Mwangi in a bikini and gaudy make-up as he gets to with the mood. Here is where you get tickets.