February 25th. is Fat Tuesday… Are you a fan?

Mardi Gras is believed to have arrived in North America on March 3, 1699, when the French-Canadian explorer Pierre Le Moyne d’Iberville camped about 60 miles downriver from the future site of New Orleans. Knowing it was Fat Tuesday back in France, Iberville named the spot Point du Mardi Gras and held a small gala.

9 Things You May Not Know About Mardi Gras

1. Mardi Gras and Carnival are the same celebration.
Though Mardi Gras technically refers only to Fat Tuesday, the Mardi Gras season actually begins on Epiphany, a Christian holiday celebrated on January 6 that is otherwise known as Three Kings Day or the Twelfth Day of Christmas. In Brazil and many other countries, this period between Epiphany and Fat Tuesday is known as Carnival. Whichever name you prefer to use, the revelries of Mardi Gras last until midnight tonight, when Ash Wednesday ushers in 40 days of Lent.

2. Mardi Gras may or may not have pagan roots.
A popular theory holds that Mardi Gras’ origins lie in ancient pagan celebrations of spring and fertility, such as Saturnalia and Lupercalia. Some experts contend, however, that Mardi Gras-type festivities popped up solely as a result of the Catholic Church’s discouragement of sex and meat during Lent. Church reformers may have helped to propagate the pagan rumors, these experts say, in the hope of dissuading pre-Lenten hedonism.

3. New Orleans did not host the first North American Mardi Gras.
Mardi Gras is believed to have arrived in North America on March 3, 1699, when the French-Canadian explorer Pierre Le Moyne d’Iberville camped about 60 miles downriver from the future site of New Orleans. Knowing it was Fat Tuesday back in France, Iberville named the spot Point du Mardi Gras and held a small gala. A few years later, French soldiers and settlers feasted and wore masks as part of Mardi Gras festivities in the newly founded city of Mobile (present-day Alabama). To this day, Mobile claims to have the oldest annual Mardi Gras celebration in the United States.

4. Mardi Gras in New Orleans survived early efforts at suppression.
Mardi Gras got going in New Orleans soon after the city’s founding in 1718. The Spanish, who ruled the Big Easy from 1762 to 1800, apparently cracked down on certain Mardi Gras rituals (though documentation from that period is scarce). U.S. authorities did much the same after taking control in 1803, banning both masked balls and public disguises. Nonetheless, they eventually accepted the festival’s existence. The first recorded Mardi Gras street parade in New Orleans took place in 1837, by which time the city had transformed from a small backwater into a major metropolis. Twenty years later, six men organized a secret society called the Mistick Krewe of Comus. By holding a parade with the theme of “The Demon Actors in Milton’s Paradise Lost,” along with a lavish grand ball, Comus reversed the declining popularity of Mardi Gras and helped establish New Orleans as its clear epicenter in the United States. This year, more than 1 million visitors are expected to attend.

5. Other secret societies quickly followed Comus’ lead.
In 1872 the Krewe of Rex and the Knights of Momus began paying for parades and balls of their own. They were followed a decade later by the Krewe of Proteus. Since these early societies were exclusively male and white, women and blacks formed their own groups, such as Les Mysterieuses and the Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club. Dozens of krewes of all types have proliferated since then, including the science fiction-themed Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus, whose name is a hybrid of the “Star Wars” character and the Roman god of wine. Despite being less than three years old, this krewe convinced Peter Mayhew, the actor who played Chewbacca in the movies, to ride in its parade last month atop a Millennium Falcon float and alongside a mascot called Bar2D2.

6. Some krewes refused to racially integrate.
Racial exclusion has not been limited to the distant past. In 1992, after an acrimonious debate, the New Orleans City Council passed an ordinance that prohibited krewes from discriminating on the basis of race, religion, sexual orientation or national origin. Rex pledged to immediately integrate, but Comus, Momus and Proteus chose to stop parading rather than open up their ranks to blacks. Comus has not yet returned to the streets, Momus spun off into the Knights of Chaos and Proteus came back in 2000 after signing the non-discrimination pledge.

7. Mardi Gras occasionally gets cancelled.
Since Comus ushered in the modern era of Mardi Gras in 1857, the New Orleans festivities have been cancelled about a dozen times. Most of those cancellations came during the Civil War, World War I and World War II, though revelers also stayed home during an 1870s yellow fever outbreak. The last time it was called off completely was 1945. A scaled-down version even took place in 2006, just months after Hurricane Katrina flooded the Gulf Coast and killed over 1,800 people.

8. The Super Bowl interrupted the 2013 parade schedule.
New Orleans hosted both the Super Bowl and Mardi Gras in February 2013, a potentially overwhelming combination that some called “Super Gras.” In an effort at crowd control, the city expanded its 12-day parade season so that no one would be marching on February 3, when the San Francisco 49ers battled the Baltimore Ravens. January 28-31 and February 4-5 likewise were kept free of parades. In a similar attempt at preventing mayhem, official parades have been banned from the narrow, tourist-filled streets of the city’s French Quarter since the 1970s.

9. King Cake is only eaten during Mardi Gras.
Available only during the Mardi Gras season, king cake is typically made with brioche dough. Braided and laced with cinnamon, the dough is then glazed with purple, green and gold sugar or covered in icing in those same Mardi Gras colors. What really sets king cake apart from other desserts, however, is the small plastic baby hidden inside. Whoever finds the baby in his or her slice must buy the next cake or perhaps host the next party. Read the original article found: www.history.com/news/9-things-you-may-not-know-about-mardi-gras

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Super Bowl Sunday is Almost Here!

“Everyone knows that the Super Bowl is the biggest game of the year. But there’s a lot even the biggest football fan may not have heard about the big game. Here are craziest and most interesting Super Bowl facts to keep you going until kickoff!”……….https://www.rd.com/culture/super-bowl-facts/

The ball is crafted by hand in the U.S.A.

No ordinary coin will do….. Don’t even think of flipping a penny or quarter to start off the Super Bowl. Each game gets it own unique coin crafted by the Highland Mint. The front of the coin features the Lombardi Trophy along with the helmets of the two teams playing. Super fans can purchase a replica coin after the game.

Each team gets a lot of balls. Over 100 each! Learn more: https://www.rd.com/culture/super-bowl-facts/

The players drive in style!

What really happens during halftime?

Super Bowl = big bucks………..You might have known this Super Bowl fact already, but getting to the big game isn’t cheap. The average cost of Super Bowl 50 tickets in 2016 was over $4,700, says Brisa Trinchero, founder of shoowin.com, a ticket sales site. But not back in the day…Tickets for the very first Super Bowl in 1967 cost an average of $6, which was apparently too pricey for many. According to Trinchero, there were 30,000 empty seats!

Halftime performers make how much? Katy Perry, Bruno Mars, and even Beyoncé didn’t get paid a single dime to perform at past Super Bowls. But don’t feel too badly for them. Trinchero shares that although they don’t get actual cash, the exposure can be worth tens of millions of dollars, and often the halftime show scores higher ratings than the actual game.

No e-tickets here….Unlike attending most sporting events today, the Super Bowl only issues and accepts paper tickets, says Trinchero.

It wasn’t always “super”

The Lombardi Trophy

It’s good to be family—or a friend

Those crazy-expensive ads…. This is another Super Bowl fact you’ve likely heard about before: Those ads are big money. On average, a 30-second Super Bowl spot runs in the millions. The most expensive of all time? A $12.4 million ad by Chrysler in 2011.

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What Are You Thankful For? Happy Thanksgiving to All!

We are so thankful for our health, family, associates and our clients. What is it that you are most thankful for?

These Thanksgiving Day fun facts that we discovered……. will keep the conversation going, and you may just teach your loved ones a thing or two about the national holiday. Here are interesting bits to share throughout the day:

1. Historians have no record of turkey being eaten at the first Thanksgiving.

2. Benjamin Franklin wished the turkey was the national bird.

3. The first Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade had Central Park Zoo animals.

4. Snoopy has made the most appearances in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

5. Sarah Josepha Hale was actually the “Mother of Thanksgiving.”

6. The first professional Thanksgiving Day football game was played 1920.

7. Thanksgiving was once celebrated on the third Thursday in November.

8. “Jingle Bells” was originally a Thanksgiving Day song.

9. Butterball has had a Turkey Talk-Line open for over 35 years.

10. Each year, there are about 46 million turkeys cooked.

11. The turkey’s tryptophan doesn’t actually make you tired.

12. Most Americans enjoy Thanksgiving leftovers more than the meal itself.

13. President George H. W. Bush was the first to pardon a turkey.

14. The Wednesday before Thanksgiving is known as “Drinksgiving.”

15. Black Friday, aka the day after Thanksgiving, is the busiest day for plumbers.

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Thank you Anna fall fest for having us!

Thank you Anna fall fest for having us! We really had a great time talking to the families in the area.
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This cute family came for a picture at our booth!

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What Is On Your Fall Bucket List?

There are so many fall activities…. which one is your favorite?

1. Attend a football game (and tailgate).

2. Actually decorate for fall (i.e., more than just a few pumpkins).

3. Go to a pumpkin patch. Local Pumpkin Patches DFW and North Texas

4. Make your Halloween costume. 50+ Easy Homemade Halloween Costumes for Adults, Kids, and Everyone in Between

5. Go apple picking. Dallas area of Texas U-Pick Farms – 2019 PickYourOwn.org

6. Host a bonfire with s’mores. How to Make a Bonfire In Your Backyard

7. Bake a pie from scratch. 18 Tasty Pie Recipes

8. Update your fall fashion.

9. Take a scenic drive for some ‘leaf peeping’.

10. Pass out candy to *adorable* trick-or-treaters.

11. Attend a harvest festival. Fall Festivals in Dallas & Collin County

12. Try hiking in a forest preserve or state park. Hiking in Texas State Parks

13. Host a scary movie night or watch a back-to-school classic.

14. Learn to cook a new hearty soup, stew, or chili recipe. Best Chili Recipe

15. Send notes to friends and family for Thanksgiving telling them why you are thankful for them.

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What’s New and Happening at Lakewood Title

We have moved the Plano office from the 660 North Central Expressway location to:

101 E. Park Blvd., Ste 600

Plano 75074

Also, we were nominated for the 2019 Business of the Year Award with the Greater East Dallas Chamber of Commerce.

We did not receive it but at least we were in the running in this great networking group!

Congratulations to Business of the Year winners:

Business of the Year
Highland Park Cafeteria

Chairman’s Business of the Year Award
Ferguson Road Initiative

Entrepreneur of the Year
Element Dallas Downtown East

Live Local Business of the Year
20 Feet Seafood

Live Local Business of the Year
Good Local Markets

Live Local Business of the Year
Greenville Avenue Pizza Company

R. S. Munger Business Pioneer Award
Promise of Peace Gardens

People’s Choice Business of the Year
Jesse’s AC & Appliance Repair

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Are You Ready for July to End and August to Begin?

It is hard to believe that in a couple of weeks (in some cities) school will be starting and families will be looking for some last minute “Stay Vacay” fun. Here are a few suggestions for some nearby Dallas / Fort Worth vacay fun:


Only about 35 miles north of downtown Dallas, McKinney offers a great getaway for the day or the weekend. Plan to spend some time discovering the shops, boutiques and outside dining options in and around the charming downtown square, anchored by the courthouse. Favorites include Cadillac Pizza Pub, Landon Winery and the Sweet Spot bakery and coffee shop, which has the best scones around. Many of the establishments invite you to linger with live music during the evening. Wildlife and hiking fans will enjoy the Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary with its 289-acre nature preserve and miles of nature trails, plus a plant garden, butterfly house and indoor exhibits.


Halfway between Dallas and Austin is the college town of Waco, home to a world-class zoo and several museums for children and adults alike. Adjacent to the Brazos River, the 52-acre zoo is spread out and has lots of shade and splashing waterfalls, so it’s a perfect antidote to the Texas sun. Be sure to check out the Komodo dragon and Galapagos tortoises, along with the orangutans and Sumatran tigers. The Mayborn, on the Baylor University campus, is especially fun for children because of its interactive stations and displays. Adults will also enjoy the natural history, especially the Waco Mammoth exhibit. Here, guests can walk on a see-through floor to look down upon casts of the Columbian mammoth bones displayed exactly as they were unearthed at the Waco Mammoth Site, just five miles from the Baylor campus. Visit the Collin Street Bakery and enjoy a slice of pie, a macaroon, or their famous fruitcake. For those in search of a bit more protein, Rudy’s BBQ will certainly hit the spot. There’s ‘Sissy Sauce’ for those who prefer a little less kick.


One hour southwest just off Highway 377 is the quaint town of Granbury. Spend the day shopping and exploring the stores and old jailhouse on the square. Stay in one of the many bed and breakfasts or inns to take full advantage of the nightlife, including ghost tour and the historic Brazos Drive-In movie theater. Whatever you do, don’t miss a production at the beautifully renovated 1886 Opera House. If you are there on a Saturday afternoon, check out the widely popular Revolver Brewery.

Tyler and Bullard

While most people head to Tyler (just two hours east of Dallas on I-30), for the roses, there’s plenty more to discover while in the area. Just a few miles south of town, the American Freedom Museum, located on the campus of The Brook Hill School in Bullard, has an expansive collection filling 15 galleries. The Hall of Presidents includes a signed document by every president, from George Washington through to President Obama, and the Hall of Freedom chronicles the major conflicts in which the United States has been involved since the Revolutionary War. Ten minutes east of the museum is Kiepersol, an estate winery, distillery, restaurant and bed and breakfast. Founded by South African native Pierre de Wet, the estate is well known for its quality and service. Wine tastings are at one’s leisure, and both wine tours and distillery tours are offered at designated tour times with no reservations needed. Stay for dinner and enjoy steak or seafood while surrounded by the two-story wine cellar with hundreds of wines from around the world.

Find More Fun Stay Vacay: https://theculturetrip.com/north-america/usa/texas/articles/10-best-weekend-getaways-from-dallas-fort-worth/

Lakewood Title Company would like to wish everyone a smooth start into August and everything it might bring. Stay cool!

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Happy Birthday to our Customers with June Birthdays and Welcome July 4th.

Do you have a June birthday? Before June ends……. we would like to wish all those with June birthdays a wonderful Happy Birthday Month, Week and Day!

Lakewood Title would also like to wish you a wonderful July and the upcoming July 4th.

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We are so pleased to have our title office location in Anna, Tx.

We are so pleased to have a title office location in Anna, Tx.

Visit our Anna Title Office to learn more.

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Lakewood Title is a wonderful company to work with.

“Lakewood Title is a wonderful company to work with. They stand out in my mind because of how willing and available to help me or answer any question I might have in the process of a refinance due to divorce. During times such as these (divorce) when doing anything is difficult, it’s a true blessing to have people who really care. That’s the experience I had with Lakewood Title.” ~ Google Reviewer

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