Mardi Gras, a French term which means Fat Tuesday referring to the practice of the last night of eating fatty foods before the ritual fasting which begins on Ash Wednesday. This day can occur anytime between February 3rd and March 9th, depending on when Easter is held that year. A Christian holiday and popular cultural phenomenon, Mardi Gras dates back thousands of years to pagan spring and fertility rites. Also known as Carnival, it is celebrated in many countries around the world–mainly those with large Roman Catholic populations–on the day before thereligious season of Lent begins.Brazil, Venice and New Orleans play hostto some of theholiday’s most famous public festivities, drawing thousands of tourists and revelers every year.
According to historians, Mardi Gras dates back thousands of years to pagan celebrations of spring and fertility, including the raucous Roman festivals of Saturnalia and Lupercalia. When Christianity arrived in Rome, religious leaders decided to incorporate these popular local traditions into the new faith, an easier task than abolishing them altogether.As a result, the excess and debauchery of the Mardi Gras season became a prelude to Lent, the 40 days of penance between Ash Wednesday and Easter Sunday.Along withChristianity, Mardi Gras spread from Rome to other European countries, including France, Germany, Spain and England.
Mardi Gras is an experience that you do not want to miss! During this tour, learn about New Orleans Mardi Gras traditions. This tour includes everything from history, ghosts, vampires, & voodoo, all while carnival is taking place all along the tour route. This is not scripted, this is a once in a lifetime experience.....during Carnival & Mardi Gras anything goes!!