• 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!)
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.
Fat Tuesday - What's Cooking - The next best thing to being there, with a great collection of traditional Fat Tuesday recipes and party ideas including appetizers, main Cajun dishes, King's Cake and desserts.
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,
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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.