When it became obvious to everyone that going forth with Mardi Gras parades in 2021 wasn’t going to be good idea, city leaders reached out to the public for ideas on ways to celebrate Carnival time safely. One of the best ideas came from Megan Joy Boudreaux who suggested in a Tweet that people decorate their homes like floats.
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Mardi Gras, like Christmas, is a whole season, not just one day. That being said, Fat Tuesday is the biggest day of the celebration, and the date it falls on moves around. To help you figure out when to know it will be: Easter can fall on any Sunday from March 23 to April 25, with the exact date to coincide with the first Sunday, after the full moon, following a spring equinox. Ash Wednesday is always 46 days before Easter, and Fat Tuesday is always the day before Ash Wednesday.
The origins of Mardi Gras can be traced to medieval Europe, passing through Rome and Venice in the 17th and 18th centuries to the French House of the Bourbons. New Orleans was established in 1718 by Bienville. By the 1730s, Mardi Gras was celebrated openly in New Orleans, but not with the parades we know today. By the late 1830s, New Orleans held street processions of maskers with carriages and horseback riders to celebrate Mardi Gras.