North America, United States
Mardi Gras, meaning ‘Fat Tuesday’ in French, is a huge show with hundreds of different floats and parades and the best thing about it is it’s free!
The roots of this festival have been traced back to 18th century Europe, and it was later brought to America by French settlers. Mardi Gras is celebrated on a different date ever year as it is connected to the Catholic celebration of Lent. It is celebrated the day before Ash Wednesday, so it falls in February or March each year, exactly 47days before Easter, but there are lots of parades, masked balls and parties on the 12 days leading up to Mardi Gras.
Although this festival has religious roots, it is far from a religious festival. It is more like a giant street party in which people eat, drink and are definitely merry. There are many traditions in this celebration, especially the throwing of small gifts into the crowds. One of the most popular traditions is giving beads, which are often thrown from the floats which pass by and exchanged with others in the crowds. People will do anything in order to get as many bead necklaces as possible. In the French quarter and Bourbon Street girls are often asked to flash their breasts in order to get them. If you are into this sort of thing, this is the area of New Orleans to be, as after a certain time it does look like a crazy bachelor party. Yet other areas of New Orleans are not like this, and if this is not your cup of tea, if you avoid these areas you’ll have a great time.
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