Mardi Gras History


Since 1699, Mardi Gras has been celebrated in cities worldwide.  But no one does it better than New Orleans.
In a world unlike any other, Mardi Gras Balls light up the social scene.
Prepare to be mesmerized as the flambeaux carriers light the way for parade floats.
From its beginnings as a club called "The Tramps," the Zulu Club has risen to the top ranks of Carnival organizations.
Many of Carnival's symbols, sights and sounds can be traced to the traditions of the Rex Organization, founded in 1872.
Magnificient colors and intricate details on the costumes make these Mardi Gras Indians a must see for the Carnival season.
John Besh
From January 6 until Mardi Gras Day, king cakes can be found in every home, office, classroom or party. Find out why.
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