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, February 16, 2021.
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 2021 in the USA
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 2021 Fat Tuesday celebration, but with smaller crowds expected this year due to the pandemic.
• 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!)
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.