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MARDI GRAS HISTORY AND TRADITIONS

Learn about the famed celebration's cultural roots and traditions

Mardi Gras is so much more special when you understand what you’re celebrating and what each tradition means to the generations of parade-goers who have stood on parade routes before you. There is a story and a purpose behind everything you’ll experience during Carnival Time – from the king cake you’ll eat to the flambeaux who light the parades at night. 

  • While king cake tastes best in New Orleans, some bakeries offer delivery. Learn the history of the king cake and how to get your own, here.
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  • Catching a glimpse of a Mardi Gras Indian in full regalia is the equivalent of spying Santa Claus on Christmas morning.
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  • Some of the most glittering spectacles of Mardi Gras happen behind closed doors at grand balls thrown by krewes for their members and lucky guests.
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  • Twelfth Night marks the beginning of Carnival season, Mardi Gras, in New Orleans. Here are the best events to attend from parades to masquerade balls
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  • Mardi Gras has been celebrated in New Orleans since the explorer Iberville first set foot here on Mardi Gras Day 1699.
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  • Ever since the very first Mardi Gras parade in 1857, flambeaux have been lighting up the Carnival sky.  
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  • Strutting and jumping and high-stepping beneath their decorated parasols – blowing whistles and waving feathered fans – New Orleans social aid and pleasure clubs unify communities and...
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