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Mardi Gras MaskCelebrations include lots of feasting, partying and parading on the big day just before Ash Wednesday - when the Church rules of fasting and sacrifice take effect in preparation for a joyous Easter.

This year, Fat Tuesday happens on Tuesday, March 5, 2019.

So get ready to party with traditional Mardi Gras foods and recipes, trivia and fun facts, and related resources around the Web for taking part in one of the world's most rollicking celebrations.

Party! Fat Tuesday in the USA

Mardi Gras parade float
A float passes by during a colorful and fun
Mardi Gras celebration in New Orleans.

The biggest party town in America will be ready to rock for the 2019 Fat Tuesday celebration with even bigger crowds - and more parades - expected this year.

As usual, the 2019 New Orleans Mardi Gras parade schedule begins in January and continues right through to Fat Tuesday on March 5th.

Meanwhile, across the country families and friends also gather to party at home or kick off neighborhood celebrations with colorful decorations, Mardi Gras beads, and lots of traditional food specialties including shrimp jambalaya, spicy cajun shrimp, Mardi Gras King's Cake, and authentic New Orleans pralines.

DID YOU KNOW? Fat Tuesday fun facts

Mardi Gras mask
Traditional masks provided
"cover" for Mardi Gras revelers.

• European countries in the Middle Ages first celebrated Fat Tuesday as a pre-Lenten blowout ahead of the solemn 40 days of fasting

• Masks were first adopted during the original celebrations to provide anonymity for those who really wanted to party hardy!

• Fat Tuesday is often associated with New Orleans, but it was actually Mardi Gras in Mobile, Alabama which originated the U.S. celebration while under French rule in 1703. Today, the original home of Mardi Gras celebrates every year in Mobile with live music, floats, parades, and thousands of spectators.

• Worldwide, everyone still joins in the fun. The biggest and loudest celebrations, as always, are in Rio de Janeiro and New Orleans ... although the German Karneval, or Fasching, festivities in Cologne and Berlin get pretty wild. The Italians in Venice boast their own expertise on the art of street theater at Carnavale while in France the Carnaval in Nice shows off the wackier side of the trendy Riviera scene. Or, as they say in French:

"Laizzez les bons temps rouler! " (Let the good times roll!)

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More about Fat Tuesday party Ideas around the Web

Around the Web, learn more about Mardi Gras and Carnival customs and history with suggestions for food and drink, traditional Fat Tuesday recipes, rollicking party ideas and decorating themes for hosting your own Fat Tuesday party celebration...

Mardi Gras New Orleans - Featuring everything you always wanted to know including related party ideas, history and tradition, official Mardi Gras colors, recipes for king cake and more, photo gallery and live webcam together with general New Orleans tourist attractions, current parade schedule, tour packages, and where to shop for beads and other party paraphernalia.

Mardi Gras Recipes - The complete guide from TABASCO with complete instructions and ingredient lists for gumbo and jambalaya dishes, Cajun and Creole favorites, party cocktails and King Cake, plus check out how to's on party ideas & activities, a free Mardi Gras screen saver, and related feature stories.

Mardi Gras Dinner Party Ideas from Evite - Tips & how to's for putting together your own Fat Tuesday grand fete at home with recipes, a music list, advice on party decorations, costumes and activities.

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