Mardi Gras start as a religious holiday observed before to Ash Wednesday and beginning of the Christian Lenten season, the celebration have expanded to weeks of parades and partying and are enjoyed around the globe.
You are local or travelling in for fun here is when and where you can search Mardi Gras parades around New Orlean this year.
In the US Mardi Gras is most globally found in New Orleans Louisiana. The city is famous as Big Easy take the celebration with tradition including king cake and parades starting in January and continuing in the weeks before holiday.
This year Mardi Grass which translates from French to Fat Tuesday is on Feb. 13. Ash Wednesday is on Feb. 14 day start of the 40 day Lenten season culminates with Easter.
Mardi Gras is a holiday that dates start thousands of year to pagan spring and fertiility rites. Mardi Gras often called Carnival or Carnaval is celebrated in countries around the globe with mega Roman Catholic populations.
Louisiana was colonized first by French before it became part of US and has retained strong French and Cajun cultures including Mardi Gras.
There are plenty of parades all over New Orleans celebrating Mardi Gras that start in January and will last through Mardi Gras on Feb 13.