In the gulf area of the south Mardis Gras and Fat Tuesday (which as a kid, I thought was the day everyone mysteriously became fat on this particular odd Tuesday. Don’t worry, by age five I was corrected by my grandparents) are a big deal.
It’s a day of eating and merrymaking before the tedious fasting season of Lent. An annual festival held in France on the day before Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. Mardi Gras is French for “Fat Tuesday” — meaning it is the last opportunity to eat rich food before the fast of Lent begins. The reason it’s in New Orleans is that New Orleans is the only French settlement to survive.