How to Celebrate Mardi Gras from Wherever You Are

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French name for “Fat Tuesday ” is Mardi gras, also known as Shrove Tuesday. It’s the day before Ash Wednesday that marks the beginning of the season of Christan Lent pramounting to Easter. Most Christians fast during Lent and “Fat Tuesday” refers to the last day of eating abundant food before the early days of Lent. This year it falls on February 16.

Who Celebrates Mardi Gras?

The celebration of Mardi Gras is the most famous in New Orleans, USA. This is a summary of the parade that began in January for several weeks. Other cities in the south, especially those with French heritage, such as Mobile in Alabama, also mark the carnival. This day is the climax of the Carnival, which begins or after the Epiphany Christian Feast in January. Many Catholics also celebrate carnivals in most countries, the most famous of which is Brazil, where there are elaborate parades all over the streets. Try planning your vacations with United Airlines Book a Flight and enjoy this amazing festival of fun with the rest of New Orleans.

The Origin of Mardi Gras

According to the New Orleans official website of Mardi Gras, the first American carnivals were established in Mobile in 1703, when a secret society Masque de Mobile was established to organize celebrations. 

  • This society is similar to the “crew” of New Orleans who sponsor the exquisite floats made use for the parades before and after the Mardi Gras.
  • The celebration arrived in New Orleans shortly after its establishment in 1718.
  • According to reports from the New Orleans Mardi Gras about a century after, a street parade has been established in the city, and many crew members have formed. 
  • Their members remain anonymous and their faces are covered by masks.
  •  In 1872, the carnival king  Rex was put forward to preside over the parade. 
  • The custom of floating riders which throw trinkets at the crowd also began in the 1870s.
  •  Typical “throwing objects” include beads, cups, coins and stuffed animals

Mardi Gras, New Orleans 2021

The Mardi Gras Carnival Fall 2021 Tuesday, February 16, 2021 The marches in January and February have been cancelled in 2021.. Fat Tuesday is the last day of the carnival because it always falls on the day before Ash Wednesday on the first day of Lent. Although there will not be any parades held in 2021r, there will be carnival floats, special carnival cocktails at bars and restaurants, king cakes and more. 

  • The carnival season always starts on January 6, which is King’s Day . However, Fat Tuesday is on another day of the year.
  • Since Easter Sunday is never the same, the fat Tuesday date also changes every year. 
  • Most visitors plan to arrive no later than the Saturday of the carnival day and stay on Ash Wednesday.

The best way to celebrate Mardi Gras will be in New Orleans. You can try Jetblue Book a Flight and reserve a package in French Quarter to enjoy the dancing people and so on.