When is Mardi Gras 2015?

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When is Mardi Gras 2015? Here is a chart of the exact dates.

Why is Mardi Gras celebrated? Why is Mardi Gras also called Shrove Tuesday? Read what the Almanac has to say, then visit the great sites below to learn more!

Looking for festive Mardi Gras recipes? Check out the Almanac's King Cake Recipe or Shrove Tuesday Pancakes!

I think that I may say that an American has not seen the United States until he has seen Mardi Gras in New Orleans.
- Mark Twain, American writer (1835 - 1910)

Mardi Gras Dates 2015

Year Mardi Gras
2014 Tuesday, March 4
2015 Tuesday, February 17

What is Mardi Gras?

Mardi Gras is French for "Fat Tuesday"—the final feasting before the fasting of Lent, which begins tomorrow, Ash Wednesday. Fat Tuesday is also called Shrove Tuesday, a name that comes from the practice of shriving—purifying oneself through confession—prior to Lent. Many of the names applied to this day relate to food and eating. In many Latin countries, Mardi Gras is the culmination of the carnival season of revelry and feasting. Among the Pennsylvania Dutch, this Tuesday is Fastnacht (fast night), and everyone enjoys the traditional fastnachtkuchen, a rectangular doughnut with a slit in the middle. If you’re not up to traveling to the big Mardi Gras celebration in New Orleans, you might want to build a miniature float for the parade or sample some of the food served at this event. Visit the Mardis Gras and Cajun Food Recipe Guide to find out how to make Crawfish Bisque or Cajun Shrimp Creole!

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You forgot to mention that

By Merlyn

You forgot to mention that Mardi Gras celebration started in Mobile Alabama not New Orleans

maybe so, but New Orleans

By the real HP

maybe so, but New Orleans made it better!

Yes. Although Mardi Gras

By Almanac Staff

Yes. Although Mardi Gras began as far back as the Middle Ages in Europe, it appears that the first "city/town" (rather than individual) celebration in what is now the United States took place in 1703 in what is now Mobile, Alabama. Back then, it was a French settlement called Fort Louis de la Mobile, which had been established by French-Canadian explorer Jean Baptiste Le Moyne, Sieur de Bienville and his brother, Pierre Le Moyne, Sieur d'Iberville. Bienville later established New Orleans in 1718.

Mardi Gras is also celebrated in many other areas, including Biloxi, Mississsipi, whose first official parade took place in 1908.

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