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Celebrating Mardi Gras

Updated on February 15, 2015
Mardi Grass Parade New Orleans 2008
Mardi Grass Parade New Orleans 2008 | Source

Mardi Gras - Fat Tuesday

Do you celebrate Mardi Gras? Around the world, people celebrate in advance of the somber season of Lent. Have you been to one of the cities that have Mardi Gras parades?

What is Mardi Gras? It's the Feast before the Fast. Mardi Gras, which is French for "Fat Tuesday," is the day before Ash Wednesday, also called "Shrove Tuesday," or "Pancake Day". Mardi Gras is the final day of Carnival and the stroke of midnight signals the end of Carnival and the beginning of the Christian liturgicall season of Lent..

Mardi Gras is observed by various locales usually historically associated with Catholic populations.

Image Mardi Gras Float by storyvillegirl

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Mardi Gras Float

Mardi Gras Float 2008 by DoctorWho
Mardi Gras Float 2008 by DoctorWho | Source

Andrea Mistretta Famous Mardi Gras Art Print - 2012 New Orleans Carnival

Learn More About Mardi Gras in New Orleans

To New Orleanians, "Mardi Gras" refers only to the final and most elaborate day of the Carnival Season; visitors tend to refer to the entire Carnival as "Mardi Gras." Some locals have thus started to refer to the final day of Carnival as "Mardi Gras Day" to avoid confusion.

Mardi Gras Beauty

Mardi Gras Beauty (CC BY-ND 2.0)
Mardi Gras Beauty (CC BY-ND 2.0) | Source

Mardi Gras History - a Treasure from 1956

Mardi Gras in New Orleans

New Orleans Mardi Gras is often called "the greatest free show on earth". The celebrations draw hundreds of thousands of tourists to the city in addition to the celebrating locals for the parties and parades. Most tourists can be found within the French Quarter, especially Bourbon Street.

As many as 100,000 Mardi Gras revelers are estimated to throng Bourbon Street in New Orleans' historic French Quarter each Fat Tuesday to view often outrageous costume contests and celebrate.

Rio de Janeiro's annual Carnival and Mardi Gras celebrations attract over 500,000 foreign tourists each year.

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Mardi Gras Treasures: Invitations of the Golden Age

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The cities most famous for their Mardi Gras celebrations, formally known as Shrove Tuesday, include New Orleans, Rio de Janeiro, Venice, Bahia, and Mazatln. Carnival is an important celebration in most of Europe, in many parts of Latin America and the Caribbean.

Mardi Gras is a time of extravagant fun for European Christians. Mardi Gras celebrations might have their source in the wild springtime orgies of the ancient Romans.

The date can vary from February 3 to March 9.. Like Lent, the date is dependent on the date of Easter.

Do You Love Mardi Gras? - I love to hear from my readers

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      patinkc 2 years ago from Midwest

      Thank you!

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      Celebrates 2 years ago

      Your photographs of Mardi Gras and the parades are excellent!

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      patinkc 3 years ago from Midwest

      @aesta1: Sounds like fun!

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      Mary Norton 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I do. I want to see the Rio and New Orleans ones

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      patinkc 6 years ago from Midwest

      @kimbesa2: Thanks for the beads!

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      patinkc 6 years ago from Midwest

      @annieangel1: Thanks for the beads!

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      patinkc 6 years ago from Midwest

      @ArtByLinda: Thanks for the beads!

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      patinkc 6 years ago from Midwest

      @capriliz lm: Thanks for the beads!

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      capriliz lm 6 years ago

      Loved the photos on this lens. Heres a virtual string of Mardi Gras beads for you!

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      Linda Hoxie 6 years ago from Idaho

      Loved the photos on this lens. Heres a virtual string of Mardi Gras beads for you!

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      Ann 6 years ago from Yorkshire, England

      great collection of Mardi Gras parade photos - just the thing for my Mardi Gras Quest

      have some beads to celebrate!

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      kimbesa 6 years ago from USA

      Brilliant photos on this lens...Thanks! Heres a virtual string of Mardi Gras beads for you!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Another Mardi Gras site you might want to check out is MyMardiGrasExperience.com - just launched Feb 1 but is dedicated to showing the uptown/family side of Mardi Gras including live video streams of parades.

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      groovyoldlady 10 years ago

      I was hoping for some free pancakes...

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      KCStargazer 10 years ago

      Pass the King Cake- I want that baby! Welcome to the Kaleidoscope Group! KCStargazer

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      KCStargazer 10 years ago

      Don't forget the King Cake!

      Throw me somethin', Mistah!