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Mardi Gras is celebrated on a Tuesday and is always 47 days before Easter Sunday.

The celebration of Mardi Gras – the day before the Christian season of Lent begins in late winter – is a big occasion in New Orleans, Louisiana, where huge parades and wild revels take place. Mardi Gras means "Fat Tuesday", the last day of hearty eating before the penitential season of Lent.

As its French name implies, the tradition goes back to the city's settlement by French immigrants. Early explorers celebrated it on the banks of the Mississippi River. Throughout the years, Orleanians have added to the celebration by establishing krewes (organizations) which host parades and balls.

The official colors for Mardi Gras are purple, green, and gold. These colors where chosen in 1872 by the King of Carnival, Rex. He chose these colors to stand for the following:

  • Purple represents justice

  • Green stands for faith

  • Gold stands for power


The Mardi Gras season begins about two weeks before Fat Tuesday. During those two weeks, parades can be viewed nightly and on weekends. Almost all businesses are closed for Lundi Gras (Fat Monday) and for Mardi Gras itself. People all over the world come to New Orleans to enjoy this extravagant holiday.





Mardi Gras New - This site will introduce you to the major participants of Mardi Gras in New Orleans, provide updated parade information, the truth about Mardi Gras traditions and more.


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