New Orleans celebrates Mardi Gras

By Meera Dolasia on February 5, 2008

Thousands of people gathered on the streets of New Orleans today to listen to live music and watch colorful parades as the city celebrated Mardi Gras - the grand finale of the 12-day festival season.

The celebration of Mardi Gras was brought to America in 1699 by a French explorer. Over the years, the celebration in New Orleans has grown to include parades with colorful floats, live music, good food and people in costumes distributing bead necklaces. Today the Carnival is a fun event for both adults and children. 

Mardi Gras, which means "Fat Tuesday" in French, usually falls between February 3rd and March 9th, depending on the Lunar Calendar. Mardi Gras is always held 47 days before Easter Sunday.

The Wednesday after Mardi Gras is known as "Ash Wednesday".  This is the beginning of a six-week period of fasting and praying for many Christians, in preparation for the holy week of Easter.

While the New Orleans Mardi Gras is the biggest such event in the United States, the world's largest party is in Rio-de-Janeiro, Brazil, which attracted over 700,000 revelers (party goers) this year.

Below find two videos, one from the New Orleans Mardi Gras and the other from Rio.

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  • headream100
    headream10010/12/2013
    Awesome festival! I really want to make it there.
    • susie
      susie2/21/2013
      cool
      • 0162231/29/2013
        hello my name is 016223 and I am here to leave a comment. What Mardi Gras has turned intotoday is sad. People are being nasty. my friends is turly sad
        • borntoplay
          borntoplay1/14/2013
          Creepy mask.
        • nicole
          nicole9/30/2011
          cool!
          • blaize
            blaize4/24/2013
            this is cool
          • heath1310/21/2010
            nice picture
            • Ellie2/9/2008
              Thats a big festival.

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