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Mardi Gras

The last day of 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, $$$ les mener aux Tuileries,
Au Mardi-Gras, devant le roi.
Et puit les vendre aux boucheries,
J'aime Jeanne ma femme, eh, ha! j'aimerais mieux La voir mourir que voir mourir mes boeufs.

Pierre Dupont: Les Boeufs.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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