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Thousands throng to New Orleans for Mardi Gras celebrations

28 February, 2017, 16:48 | Author: Mae Harvey

Other entertainment is also planned for the 23rd annual "Fat Tuesday" revelry.

The last day before Ash Wednesday is also known as Shrove Tuesday, which is traditionally celebrated with a pancake dinner.

Technically, Carnival begins on Epiphany Day (January 6), but many celebrate it over a three-day weekend with colourful and jubilant parades in cities such as New Orleans, Rio and Venice. If you're looking for a place to party up and chow down for Mardi Gras you might want to check out these Houston hot spots. Live music, Tex-Orleans crawfish, and Hurricanes will be sure to help you bring in Fat Tuesday right.

Mardi Gras means Fat Tuesday in French: The celebration originally was a French Christian festival, first recognized by Pope Gregory XIII in 1582.

High temperatures this year are forecast to soar into the lower 80s, resembling temperatures more typical of late-April than the last day of February, Rathbun added. Mobile is the original home for Mardi Gras in North America, starting in 1703. Mardi Gras is not observed nationally throughout the USA, but some traditionally ethnic French cities and the regions in America celebrate it enthusiastically. This tradition expanded in the city of New Orleans to the point that it became associated with the city.

"It is one of the biggest crowds I've seen for a Mardi Gras parade in the 12 or 15 years I've worked the beach parade", he said.

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