New Orleans, Louisiana
Carnival and Mardi Gras
The world-famous parade known as Mardi Gras is part of a week-long
festival of street celebrations, floats and beads-galore. The city-wide
event takes place every year before the season of Lent. Mardi Grad,
or Fat Tuesday, is the day before Ash Wednesday -- the final day of
Carnival. Visitors come from all over to be a part of the festivities,
and for many locals, it is the most anticipated event of the year.