En francais, Mardi Gras means Fat Tuesday of course.
How about a stack of these babies:
If one were following the traditional religious reason for eating pancakes on Fat Tuesday, one would stuff as many carbo-laden pancakes as possible into one's mouth in preparation for fasting on Ash Wednesday.
But who needs a reason? Everyday could be pancake day as far as I am concerned.
So get in the race and get those flapjacks flapping, those frying pans griddlin' and whip up a batch of delicious pancakes (guilt-free I assure you). You don't mess with tradition.