Mardi Gras can be celebrated on any Tuesday from February 3 through March 9. Mardi Gras is celebrated 47 days before Easter, that's forty days of Lent and seven Sundays.
Mardi Gras, also known as Fat Tuesday, Shrove Tuesday, Carnival, and even Pancake Day in the UK. The celebrations begin on 12th February in 2013. Falling just before Lent, this marks the last opportunity for fun and feasting before 40 days of "self-denial". Mardi Gras means "Fat Tuesday" in French.
Mardi Gras Indians
|Colorful costumes and parades|
mark Mardi Gras tradition.
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The City of New Orleans
New Orleans is one of the most colorful cities in the United States, and is filled with cultural influences from Europe, the Caribbean and Africa. Visitors find a unique blend of food, music and culture all in one amazing place. There's no better place to hold a celebration like Mardi Gras.
From gumbo, Jambalaya, to the famous Beignets, the Big Easy makes it easy to tantalize the taste buds!, Home to the New Orleans Jazz Festival, this is the town to visit if you love jazz music. New Orleans is truly one of America's most culturally and historically-rich destinations.
Catching beads and doubloons from floats are a wonderful experience, but not everyone is going to make the trip to New Orleans. If you travel to New Orleans, bring a bit of the Big Easy to you! Celebrate at home by making hats or decorations, and of course plenty of food! Food.com has an easy recipe for Beignets, a New Orleans favorite.
|King Cake is another colorful Mardi Gras tradition.|
Decorating with streamers and balloons in traditional Mardi Gras colors, yellow, purple and green is a great way to teach your kids about this great American tradition. Bake a king cake and see who gets the prize.