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Mardi Gras MaskHappy Fat Tuesday 2022!

Celebrations will include lots of feasting -- and this year, limited partying and parading -- due to health concerns. As usual, the big day happens 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 1, 2022.

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.


Fat Tuesday 2022 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 2022 Fat Tuesday celebration, and with bigger crowds expected this year following the pandemic.

As usual, the 2022 New Orleans Mardi Gras parade schedule begins in January and continues right through to Fat Tuesday on February 16th..

Meanwhile, across the country families and friends also gather to party at home 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 kicked off the U.S. celebration 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 on the day before Ash Wednesday. The biggest and loudest celebrations are in Rio de Janeiro and New Orleans. The German Karneval, or Fasching, festivities in Cologne and Berlin get pretty wild as well!. The Italians in Venice boast their own Carnavale while in France the Carnaval in Nice shows off the wackier side of the trendy Riviera scene.

So, as they say in Cajun country ...

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


also see related features -> What is Mardi Gras Celebrating?

Pancakes for Shrove Tuesday | Shrove Tuesday: Pancake Fest

National Pancake Day


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 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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