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Arts & Culture: Mardi Gras

Information on Arts & Culture in our area and throughout the state.

The Zulu Parade

History of Mardi Gras

The roots of Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday) are said to go back to Roman times and the Saturnalia celebration. Its history in the US and Louisiana also goes back to the beginning -- when Sieur d'Iberville established Mardi Gras Point (Pointe du Mardi Gras) as his base camp on Mardi Gras day 1699. They didn't really celebrate in camp that day, but they did put Mardi Gras "on the map."

This guide will provide information on Louisiana's biggest and most famous cultural celebration -- Mardi Gras.