Gayle Anderson was live in Marina del Rey at Uncle Darrow's Restaurant to celebrate "FAT TUESDAY".

Come and celebrate "Fat Tuesday" at Uncle Darrow's. Uncle Darrow's is a Los Angeles-based corporation that specializes in the confectionary and restaurant business. Uncle Darrow's began making confectionary in 1988 and then opened their first Cajun restaurant in 1994. Their second location in Marina del Rey opened in 2001.

Mardi Gras, which in French translates to Fat Tuesday, is officially the day before Ash Wednesday and the start of the fast of Lent. It is also commonly referred to as Shrove Tuesday or Pancake Day and can occur anytime between February 3rd and March 9th, depending on when Easter is held that particular year. The first Mardi Gras celebrations in North America occurred in Louisiana under French rule and to this day, people associate New Orleans with Mardi Gras. However, Mardi Gras has origins in Carnival festivities in Medieval Europe and pagan festivals of ancient Rome and is celebrated in Roman Catholic countries and communities worldwide. As the celebrations in America and across the world have grown larger, Mardi Gras has evolved from one day into a weeklong celebration.

Can't make the celebrations on Tuesday? On Saturday, February 27th from 1:00 to 5:00 pm, Uncle Darrow's is celebrating its 10th Annual "Mardi Gras West" event to celebrate Mardi Gras in a family-fun atmosphere. Guests will enjoy free live music (zydeco, jazz and blues) provided by T-Lou and the Super Hot Zydeco Band. The day festivities will also include crawfish boil, dancing and raffles.

Funds raised and on-site donations during the 10th Annual "Mardi Gras" festival will support the local American Cancer Society to honor Mark Antonio "Apollo" Grant, Special Assistant to Councilman Bill Rosendahl, who was diagnosed with colon cancer on October 9th, 2009. This event is made possible by a partnership with Councilman Bill Rosendahl, Southern California Permanente Medical Group, Re-Unite America, KTLA-TV and KJAZZ 88.1 FM.

The American Cancer Society is the nationwide community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem through research, education, advocacy and service. With more than two million volunteers nationwide, the American Cancer Society is one of the oldest and largest voluntary health agencies in the United States.

For more information:
Uncle Darrow's
2560 S. Lincoln Boulevard
Marina del Rey 90292
(310) 306-4862
www.uncledarrows.com