Arts & Culture

“There are fewer Catholics, and Catholics have been outnumbered by Protestants over time. But with those Catholic families, those traditions tend to endure whether one is a practicing Catholic or not. . . . If you look at places with strong Catholic cultural heritage, even if folks aren’t going to Mass every week, things like Mardi Gras and the cultural traditions endure longer. It spreads and now Mardi Gras is picked up outside traditionally Catholic areas, and it’s fun and useful for a city because of the economic impact.”

Dr. Michael J. Altman, assistant professor of religious studies (AL.com)