Mardi Gras is one of the largest pre-lent festivals around. It's a French term that literally means "Fat Tuesday" and is always held on the Tuesday that proceeds Ash Wednesday. Another name for Fat Tuesday is Shrove Tuesday. Outside the U.S. the festival is usually called Carnival New Orleans hosts the largest Mardi Gras celebration and Rio De Janeiro hosts a similarly huge festival known as Carnaval. Many other cities around the world host their own Mardi Gras or Carnival celebration. Sites listed in this section are suitable for visitors of all ages, but designed primarily for adult visitors. Sites provide material related to Mardi Gras and Carnival, including historical background, articles, graphics, and ideas for celebrating. Mardi Gras and Carnival Holidays Society.
Mardi Gras ( / ˈ m ɑːr d i ɡ r ɑː / ), also called Shrove Tuesday, or Fat Tuesday, in English, refers to events of the Carnival celebrations, beginning on or after the Christian feasts of the Epiphany (Three Kings Day) and culminating on the day before Ash Wednesday. (wikipedia)
- Some Catholic Encyclopedia: Shrovetide www
Some history behind this holiday. Catholic Encyclopedia: Shrovetide.
- Author's Mardi Gras Tidbits www
Author's first impressions of Mardi Gras in 1996, Gras Tidbits, some favorite links, a message board, and information about the current Mardi Gras. Mardi Gras Tidbits.
- On-line Wikipedia: Caribbean Carnival www
On-line encyclopedia article provides information regarding International Caribbean Carnivals. Wikipedia: Caribbean Carnival.
- Anything Carnival New Orleans www
Anything and everything that is Mardi Gras in the town. New Orleans. Includes a blog, pictures of Barkus parades and costumes in the French Quarter, and virtual tour. Carnival New Orleans.
- Guide Carnaval.com www
Guide to global carnival celebrations, Carnaval.com, parades, and travel information. Carnaval.com.
- Festival Carnival of Venice www
Festival history, Venice, events, photo gallery and suggestions to visitors on sightseeing. Carnival of Venice.
- Explores Mardi Gras www
Explores holiday's pagan origins and argues that those who celebrate it align themselves with Satan. Mardi Gras.
- Provides Mardi Gras, from Life in the USA www
Provides brief description of the holiday. Mardi Gras, from Life in the USA.
- The The Order of the Troubadours www
The Krewe of Troubadours celebrates this event with the costumes found anywhere during the Mardi Gras season. Order of the Troubadours. History, royalty, troubadours ball, parade, membership, news, members access. Located in Lafayette, LA. The Order of the Troubadours.
- An Traditions from carnival of Nice www
An invitation to the traditional feasts and musical culture from Provence, from carnival of Nice, County of Nice, and Occitany. Offers background information, sound files, lyrics, bibliography, and discography. Traditions from carnival of Nice.
- History Carnival in Malta and Gozo www
History of carnival and official programme. Carnival in Malta and Gozo.
- Learn The Catholic Roots of Mardi Gras www
Learn about the Catholic roots of Mardi Gras, Catholic Roots of Mardi Gras, also known as Fat Tuesday, the last hurrah before the start of Lent on Ash Wednesday. Also has free Mardi Gras e-cards. The Catholic Roots of Mardi Gras.
- News Mardi Gras Links and News www
News and pictures of Mardi Gras around the world. Mardi Gras Links and News.
- On-line Wikipedia: Brazilian Carnival www
On-line encyclopedia article provides information regarding styles by State, Brazilian Carnival, sambódromo, music, and security. Wikipedia: Brazilian Carnival.
- The Mardi Gras in the Mountains www
The six day celebration in the ski town of Red River, Gras in the Mountains, NM. Includes extensive schedule of events, photo gallery of past events and krewe info. Mardi Gras in the Mountains.
- Contains Carnaval de Barranquilla, Columbia www
Contains pictures of Carnaval de Barranquilla and information about the city of Barranquilla. Carnaval de Barranquilla, Columbia.
- Official Mardi Gras Galveston www
Official site includes a schedule of events as well as a history of the event in the Texas city. Gras Galveston. Purchase tickets online. Mardi Gras Galveston.
- Is Foundation European Carnival Cities www
Is dedicated to the promotion and preservation of people's festivals and parades in Europe. Foundation European Carnival Cities.
- Features Mardi Gras on the Net www
Features history behind Mardi Gras, Gras on the Net, pictures of floats, crafts, and coloring sheets. Mardi Gras on the Net.
- Parading Mobile Mystics Mardi Gras Association www
Parading society founded in 1993. Mystics Mardi Gras Association. Site has parade, party and ball photos, history and schedules. Mobile Mystics Mardi Gras Association.
- Mardi Krewe of Jefferson www
Mardi Gras Parade riding on Fat Tuesday with riders of all ages on 75 decorated truck floats. Krewe of Jefferson.
- A Church Year: Lent www
A Comprehensive Guide to Lent: history, Year: Lent, links, resources, FAQ, and prayers. Church Year: Lent.
- Article Another View of What Lent Means www
Article explores Lent's history and its significance. Another View of What Lent Means.
- Alexa: Mardi Gras and Carnival Holidays
Alexa Directory Top Sites: Mardi Gras and Carnival Holidays
- DMOZ: Mardi Gras and Carnival Holidays
dmoz.org Directory: Mardi Gras and Carnival Holidays