“An American has not seen the United States until he has seen Mardi Gras in New Orleans." - Mark Twain, American Writer
Folks all around the world are observing the carnival celebration known as Mardi Gras, French for Fat Tuesday. Mardi Gras is a cultural phenomenon that dates back thousands of years, occurring the day before the religious season of Lent begins as a prelude to the 40 days of fasting between Ash Wednesday and Easter Sunday. The annual day of debauchery sees massive parties and parades, with Brazil, Venice, and New Orleans hosting the holiday’s biggest public festivities.