Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras is a celebration at the beginning of the Christian Lent season. Cities that celebrate Mardi Gras typically have a festive parade with music and costumes.

The most well-known Mardi Gras celebration happens in New Orleans, Louisiana. Though Mardi Gras literally means "fat Tuesday" in French, and the holiday falls on Shrove Tuesday, the day before the Christian holiday Ash Wednesday, the celebration lasts much longer. For days, revelers play music and dance in the streets, many of them wearing masks and costumes. Historically, Mardi Gras was called "fat Tuesday" because it was the final day to feast before the fasting and praying of Lent.

Definitions of Mardi Gras
  1. noun
    the last day before Lent
    synonyms: Shrove Tuesday, pancake day
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    type of:
    Christian holy day
    a religious holiday for Christians
  2. noun
    a carnival held in some countries on Shrove Tuesday (the last day before Lent) but especially in New Orleans
    synonyms: Fat Tuesday
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    type of:
    a festival marked by merrymaking and processions
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