Mardi Gras

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Mardi Gras
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Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras, translating to "Fat Tuesday" in French, is a vibrant celebration observed in France on Shrove Tuesday, marking the Tuesday preceding Ash Wednesday. This lively carnival signifies the conclusion of the pre-Lenten season and the commencement of Lent.

The term Mardi Gras originates from the practice of using up all fats in households before the onset of Lent, offering a final opportunity to indulge in rich foods. In France, Mardi Gras is marked by public celebrations and parades in numerous towns and schools. In New Orleans, Louisiana, Mardi Gras is recognized as Fat Tuesday, Shrove Tuesday, and Pancake Tuesday. The city hosts two prominent Mardi Gras parades, Zulu and Rex, both being social club parades.