mardi gras


"Mari Gras" (French for Fat Tuesday) is the day before Ash Wednesday. Mardi Gras is the final day of Carnival, the three day period preceding the beginning of Lent, the Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday immediately before Ash Wednesday (some traditions count Carnival as the entire period of time between Epiphany or Twelfth Night and Ash Wednesday). The entire three day period has now come to be known in many areas as Mardi Gras. Perhaps the cities most famous for their Mardi Gras celebrations include New Orleans, Louisiana; Mobile, Alabama and Sydney, Australia. Many other places have important Fat Tuesday celebrations as well. Carnival is an important celebration in most of Europe, except in the United Kingdom where pancakes are the tradition, and also in many parts of Latin America and the Caribbean.

Trivia about mardi gras

  • It's party time in New Orleans when you hear "If Ever I Cease to Love You", the official song of this festival
  • Look, my mask; I wore it years ago during this celebration, French for "fat Tuesday"
  • This New Orleans season commences 10 days before Shrove Tuesday; laissez les bon temps rouler
  • Also called Shrove Tuesday, this holiday first came to Louisiana in 1699 via French explorers
  • Don't leave your beads behind if you attend a party along the parade route for this pre-Lenten New Orleans festival
  • It's the pre-spring celebration at which you'd wear the mask seen here around the Vieux Carre
  • "Shrove Tuesday", the day before Lent starts, is commonly called this in New Orleans
  • On March 1, 2022 we'll be celebrating "Fat Tuesday", this celebration, y'all
  • Celebration during which you might view the Mystic Krewe of Comos
  • Chicken-chasing & gathering ingredients for a communal gumbo are Cajun festivities for this pre-Lenten day
  • In 1857 the first krewe, or society, sponsored decorative floats for this annual celebration
  • Krewes cruise by in the annual parades celebrating this
  • During Carnival season, nearly a million visitors attend this Shrove Tuesday celebration in New Orleans