Mardi Gras

New Orleans
Each year; the Mardi Gras (or Carnival) season starts on January 6, also known as Twelfth Night. The Twelfth Night Revelers, one of Carnival’s oldest Krewes, holds a masked ball each year to mark the occasion.

Mardi Gras Day is the day before Ash Wednesday. Fat Tuesday (gras is French for fat, and Mardi if French for Tuesday) is the opportunity to party and enjoy that favorite food or snack that you give up for the long lenten season.

Nowhere on the planet is Fat Tuesday celebrated more than in New Orleans. The day is celebrated with festivities, parades and of course feasting and drinking. One tradition is wearing Mardi Gras beads and giving them to others. Tradition requires that if someone give you beads, you have to do something in return. Girls show their boobs, guys show whatever. It gets pretty raunchy as the night wears on.

Then, at the stroke of midnight, Fat Tuesday ends.  A mounted squad of New Orleans police officers make a show of clearing upper Bourbon Street and  announce that Mardi Gras is over. It is the start of Lent.

Enjoy that great talent from New Orleans, Harry Connick Jr. – For Once in My Life: