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Mardi Gras MaskHappy Mardi Gras 2023!

Celebrations will include lots of feasting -- when it happens just before Ash Wednesday - as the traditional religious rules for fasting take effect in preparation for Easter.

This year, Mardi Gras begins with Fat Tuesday on Tuesday, February 21, 2023.

So get ready join in the celebration with traditional Mardi Gras foods and recipes, trivia and fun facts, and related resources around the Web for taking part in one of the year's biggest street parties.

Mardi Gras 2023 in the USA

The biggest party town in America will be ready to rock for the 2023 Mardi Gras celebration, and with bigger crowds expected in New Orleans this year.

As usual, the 2023 New Orleans Mardi Gras parade schedule begins in January and continues right through to Fat Tuesday on February 21, 2023.

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

Otherwise, across the country families and friends gather at home to party with colorful decorations, Mardi Gras beads, and lots of traditional food specialties. So, if you're a whiz in the kitchen, why not try shrimp jambalaya, spicy cajun shrimp, Mardi Gras King's Cake, and authentic New Orleans pralines for an authentic New Orleans mardi gras celebration!

Put the party to music with some sweet New Orleans jazz, or push 'play" on our Mardi Gras party music playlist just up ahead:

Mardi Gras party music playlist

DID YOU KNOW? Mardi Gras 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!

• Mardi Gras 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 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. The biggest and loudest celebrations are, of course, in Rio de Janeiro and New Orleans.

So, as they say in Cajun country ...

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

also see related features -> National Pancake Day | What is Mardi Gras Celebrating?

Pancakes for Shrove Tuesday | Shrove Tuesday: Pancake Fest


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.

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