Christmas is finally over and so is New Year celebrations! But wait a minute, party people do not stop, there’s still the last big party of winter called Mardi Gras. It is the last day of Carnival, a word derived from “Carnevale,” which means “goodbye meat.” On Mardi Gras, revelers indulge in food, drink, and dance in anticipation of Lent, the 47 days and nights of austerity that precede Easter. The day after Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday) comes Ash Wednesday.
If you want to get the real feel of this festival especially when you’re in United States, head towards the city of New Orleans. But it is not the only place to go for a carnival atmosphere. Mardi Gras tradition is strongest in America where French and Catholic communities reside. The popularity of the New Orleans’ Mardi Gras party atmosphere has also meant that many big cities and communities throughout the U.S. now celebrate Mardi Gras as a way of getting through the last cold days of winter and looking forward to spring in a joyful way.
For weeks, the streets of downtown are filled with the sights and sounds of live marching bands, brilliant-colored floats and of course the vivid crowds of parade goers that is Mardi Gras. This festival can be a great experience for music and food lovers.