Enthusiasts all around the world will be observing the carnival celebration known as Mardi Gras today. French for Fat Tuesday, Mardi Gras is a cultural phenomenon that dates back thousands of years, occurring the day before the religious season of Lent begins as a prelude to the 40 days of fasting between Ash Wednesday and Easter Sunday. A festival that is steeped in ancient traditions, the signature colors of Mardi Gras are purple, gold and green — representing justice, power and faith respectively. The annual day of debauchery sees massive parties and parades, with Brazil, Venice, and New Orleans hosting the holiday’s biggest public festivities.
“An American has not seen the United States until he has seen Mardi Gras in New Orleans." —