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Why Is Mardi Gras a Different Date Every Year?

The date for Mardi Gras is dependent upon the date of Easter Sunday.

Easter is relatively easy to establish, because it always falls on the first Sunday following the first full moon of Spring. This is the key to determining the date for Mardi Gras, which is always the day before Ash Wednesday, 47 days before Easter Sunday.

The Next Mardi Gras is: Fat Tuesday, March 4, 2014

"Mardi Gras" is French for "Fat Tuesday." It is the day before Ash Wednesday, a day of celebration and partying before the rigors of Lent's forty days of fasting and sacrifice. While the calendar shows Mardi Gras as a Tuesday, the festivities begin much earlier, on January 6th (Kings Day), and most of the celebration is in the form of Balls and Parades for two weeks or more before Mardi Gras Day.

Mardi Gras is celebrated in many cities of the country, and in many countries of the world. In New Orleans it is a holiday, and the City is shut down. The Mardi Gras customs of today have evolved over several hundred years. If you are not native to the area, you will have to learn the lingo, customs, rules and philosophy to truly appreciate what Mardi Gras is about.

Besides the most famous New Orleans Mardi Gras celebration, other cities famous for their Mardi Gras celebrations include Venice, Italy; Mobile, Alabama; and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Many other places have important Mardi Gras celebrations as well. Carnival is an important celebration in most of Europe, and in many parts of Latin America and the Caribbean. - Wikipedia

Here is a list of some of New Orleans' Mardi Gras traditions courtesy of

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