In 1699 on a land mass to be called Louisiana, Mardi Gras was first celebrated in the West. Homesick and lonely, the explorer Iberville and his men found themselves camped near a stream on Fat Tuesday. Recalling customs of their French homeland, they celebrated this last day before lent.
For centuries, Mardi Gras celebrations have stirred excitement, fun, and frolic in Louisiana. The official colors of green, gold, and purple adorn everything. Parades, balls, parties, Kings and Queens, float contests, dances, costumes ‑‑ the celebration has taken many forms in Louisiana creating the most spectacular Carnival this side of Rio!
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