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Mardi Gras 2021

The festival that has made New Orleans famous!

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Disclaimer: Due to COVID-19 concerns, many events might be canceled, postponed, or changed into limited versions, sometimes at very short notice. Please check with event organizers directly for the latest updates.

The Mardi Gras is not just a day, not just a festival. Mardi Gras is the most colourful, most insane culmination of the carnival season! Being all about music, parades, alcohol and self-expression,—this event is prepared really thoroughly for months in advance.

It includes a lot of traditions, and numerous streets often have their own peculiarity to witness during Mardi Gras. For example, coconuts and beads are extremely valuable during Mardi Gras, and some streets will organize different competitions in order for participants to get these treasures. The festival makes the town stop and party so hard, that every year all the eyes are turned on New Orleans. And although there are no rules in self-expression and drinking amounts, there are a few practical issues you need to keep in mind, such as—no ladders and no private portable toilets.

Also known as Fat Tuesday, every year the date of the festivities changes, because it's exactly one day before the Ash Wednesday, the start of Easter Lent, and this date keeps moving from year to year.

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