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1st Mardi Gras celebration in New Orleans (1827)

1st Mardi Gras celebration in New Orleans (1827)

The first Mardi Gras celebration in New Orleans was held in 1827, and the event has been held annually ever since. Mardi Gras is a French tradition that dates back to the Middle Ages, and it originally celebrated the start of the Lenten season.

The holiday is still celebrated in France today, but it has taken on a different form in New Orleans. The city’s Mardi Gras celebration is known for its festive atmosphere, colourful costumes, and elaborate floats. Tens of thousands of people flock to New Orleans every year to take part in the festivities.

Whilst the holiday has pagan roots, it is now primarily observed as a Christian holiday. Mardi Gras is celebrated on the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday, and it marks the beginning of Lent. On Mardi Gras, many people feast on rich and fatty foods before fasting for the Lenten season. The holiday is also celebrated with parades, parties, and other outdoor festivities.

Bring in some festivities to your care setting with these resources!

Activity Ideas:

  • Make a Mardi Gras mask – here
  • Try out our Chicken & chorizo jambalaya recipe – here
  • Mardi Gras puzzle pack – here