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Mardi Gras

More than two weeks of all-out merriment involves lavish balls, street parties and over 70 extravagant parades in what's unabashedly billed as 'the greatest free show on Earth'. Mardi Gras itself is the final day and the climax of celebrations, which stop at midnight sharp, in observance of Lent. It is a day of flamboyant costumes and big parades, with a King and Queen elected each year to ride on the largest float. A distinctive tradition is 'throwing' - trinkets and gifts are thrown from passing floats into the crowd.

 

Date: 05 March 2019 - 05 March 2019
Venue: Various streets and venues in New Orleans.
Website: http://www.mardigrasneworleans.com
Cost:

Free.