Being Canadian and now living in the states, I do get the odd look when I go in search of pancakes on this 'Fat Tuesday' We grew up knowing this day as "Pancake Tuesday' also called Shrove Tueday.
Shroving is a ancient British custom in which children sang or recited poetry in exchange for food or money.
A popular shroving rhyme went like this:
Knock, knock, the pan's hot
And we are coming a-shroving
For a piece of pancake
Or a piece of bacon
Or a piece of truckle* cheese
Of your own making.
I may not be singing for my pancakes....but yummy.
Not sure how pancakes, religion and Mardi Gras celebrations with boobie flashes all relate together, but to each their own.