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The History of Mardi Gras

in New Orleans

Mardi Gras came to New Orleans through its French heritage in 1699.

Early explorers celebrated this French Holiday 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.

Carnival quickly became an exciting holiday for both children and adults.

Mardi Gras means "Fat Tuesday" and of course is celebrated on that day of the week.

The date can fall between February 3 and March 9 depending on the Catholic Church.

Mardi Gras is always 47 days before Easter Sunday. 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:

green stands for faith

Purple represents justice

gold stands for power

The Mardi Gras season begins January 6 and runs thru Fat Tuesday.

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.